Nassau Police Officer Vincent LoGiudice appears for a court conference...

Nassau Police Officer Vincent LoGiudice appears for a court conference in Mineola on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Nassau County police officer accused of assaulting a Westbury man during a traffic stop in April made a brief appearance in County Court in Mineola Thursday and his case was adjourned to Dec. 18.

Vincent LoGiudice, 34, sat with other off-duty officers in the spectator section of the courtroom as his attorney, William Petrillo of Garden City, conferred for more than 20 minutes with Judge Christopher Quinn and two prosecutors out of earshot of the audience.

After the conference at the judge's bench ended, LoGiudice walked up to the defense table, and Quinn waved to him to be seated there. Quinn said a couple of legal issues were pending, including a defense effort to obtain the full content of interviews the Westbury man, Kyle Howell, 21, gave to news organizations after he was released from custody.

Howell had initially told the news media and prosecutors he did not have marijuana in his car at the time of his arrest, but later admitted to the district attorney's office that he did.

Howell's civil attorney, Amy Marion, sat in the front row but did not participate in the court session. Howell was not present.

Marion has filed a notice of claim -- the precursor to a lawsuit -- against Nassau County and police alleging he was the victim of false arrest and excessive police force.

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