Defense In Melton Trial Limited In Questioning Of Prosecution Witness – By Associated Press

Defense attorneys in the federal trial of Mayor Frank Melton will be limited to discussing an “allegation” rather than salacious claims by a transvestite prostitute in trying to discredit the government’s star witness, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Melton, 59, and one of his former police bodyguards, Michael Recio, are each charged with three felonies related to the sledgehammer destruction of a duplex the mayor considered a crack house. They pleaded not guilty and Melton has said he was only trying to clean up the community.