A government-paid mob informant who long snitched on the Gambino and Bonanno crime families but reneged on a deal to tip off the FBI to an arson is entitled to a new trial because of errors by a trial judge.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the trial judge, Eastern District Judge Nicholas Garaufis (See Profile), erred in refusing to admit a recording where an FBI agent assured the mole that he had done nothing wrong. It also said the lower court was wrong on a statute of limitations ruling.

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