Lawyer for JoJo John maneuvers to try civil case in state court

New York City attorney James Mercante filed a proceeding to move the four civil suits filed against John to federal court in the hope that the cases would be tried as one.

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PIERMONT - The lawyer for JoJo John, the man accused of vehicular manslaughter on the Hudson River, is making legal maneuvers to try and move his client's civil cases out of federal court and into state court.

New York City attorney James Mercante filed a proceeding to move the four civil suits filed against John to federal court in the hope that the cases would be tried as one.

John has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, as well as charges he allegedly drove his boat recklessly while under the influence of alcohol and drugs on the Hudson River. The crash resulted in the deaths of Lindsay Stewart and Mark Lennon.

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Civil suits have been filed by the families of Stewart and Lennon. Stewart's surviving fiance and passenger John Schmater have also filed suits.

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