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As Ex-Con Ganim Touts Bridgeport Success, Court Ruling Leaves Questions About His Crimes

April 5, 2018 By Staff
As Ex-Con Ganim Touts Bridgeport Success, Court Ruling Leaves Questions About His Crimes

A U.S. District Court ruling just last week prevented a plaintiff from obtaining audio surveillance tapes from the FBI's case against Joe Ganim.

Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport) is touting his record leading the city this week, as he also campaigns for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. But a recent U.S. District Court ruling reminded Connecticut voters there are still unanswered questions from the FBI’s case against Ganim, the case that sent the former and current mayor to prison several years ago.

Ganim gave his annual “State of the City” address on Wednesday.

It was a key moment for Ganim, who had the chance to also make an argument that he can lead the state into the future. Ganim is one of several Democratic candidates running for governor, and announced this week he has raised over a half-a-million dollars for his campaign.

But in a largely-unreported U.S. District Court ruling last week, a man was denied access to “audio surveillance tapes” of the FBI’s case against Ganim, which eventually sent Ganim to prison.

By letter dated February 22, 2016, Plaintiff submitted a FOIA request to the FBI, seeking the production of documents relating to a criminal investigation and prosecution which led to the conviction thirteen years earlier of former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim. In particular, he requested:

“Copies of all audio surveillance tapes derived from ‘bugs’, wiretaps or other means, whether in digital or other formats, (and written transcripts of such tapes developed during the FBI and IRS investigation of municipal corruption in Bridgeport, Connecticut which resulted in the March 19, 2003 conviction of Joseph P. Ganim (former and current Mayor of Bridgeport, CT,) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.”

…Because Ganim retains a privacy interest in the FBI’s investigation into his criminal conduct, and because other third parties and law enforcement agents have privacy interests in prevent the disclosure of their identities in connection with a criminal investigation, Defendant’s motion [to effectively deny the information requests] must be GRANTED with respect to its claims under Exemption 7(C).

Whether or not one agrees with the court ruling protecting the FBI’s surveillance tapes on Ganim, the ruling pointed out that there are unanswered questions in the case that sent Ganim to prison for seven years.

  • Are there audio surveillance tapes on Ganim, and if so, how much content is there?
  • What is on the audio tapes?
  • Is there anything on the audio tapes that was not disclosed at the trial against Ganim?

Ganim has a long history of running afoul of the law, first for corruption and then, on a less significant note, for going over 100 miles per hour on his first day on the campaign trail.