A Long Island man serving life in prison for double homicide is gaining traction on his bizarre attempt to get out of jail by claiming that he was denied a fair trial because his hearing aid broke.
A Manhattan federal appeals court ruled this week that hearing-impaired jailbird John Pierotti, 62, might just have a case.
On Wednesday, a three-judge panel sent Pierotti’s request for a get-out-of-jail-free card back to Brooklyn federal court, which rejected his petition last year.
Pierotti was convicted of shooting two men outside a Baldwin, LI, bar in 1998. He admitted to the crime, but claimed it was self-defense.
In his latest bid for freedom, Pierotti argued that hearing problems require him to wear hearing devices in both ears, neither of which he had when he went to trial for murder in 2000. The only hearing aid he had left broke while he was in jail, he said.
Court transcripts and news reports suggest that Pierotti was having some trouble hearing at the time.
Still, family members of the victims are outraged.
“The man took a life and he should have to pay the penalty,” said Leslie Spinelli, a relative of Willis Frost, one of the two men killed.