Giordano Contends Lawyer Botched Child Sex Case

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A lawyer for Phillip Giordano has asked a federal judge for another chance to overturn the former Waterbury mayor’s federal conviction on child sex charges.

Legal papers were filed Friday arguing that Giordano received ineffective assistance during his 2003 trial.

Giordano, a Republican who lost the 2000 election for U.S. Senate to Sen. Joe Lieberman, is serving a 37 years sentence on federal charges including violating the civil rights of two girls ages 8 and 10 by sexually abusing them while he was mayor.

A hearing on legal arguments, including one that Giordano should have challenged the federal wiretaps that uncovered the abuse, is scheduled in U.S. District Court Monday.

U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill must then decide whether to order an evidentiary hearing.

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