SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni has disqualified himself from a lawsuit filed against Springfield, it’s mayor and others. In October, the former owner of the Paramount Theater in Springfield filed a racketeering lawsuit.
Steven Stein, who owned the Paramount Theater and Skyplex in Springfield, claims the defendants worked together to force Stein to sell the Paramount Theater to the New England Farm Workers Council with the ultimate goal of using the entertainment venue to partner with or sell to a potential casino developer.
Mayor Domenic Sarno ultimately selected MGM over Penn National to be the city’s casino partner.
No reason was given for Mastroianni’s recusal. The federal judge was Hampden County District Attorney from January 2011 through June 2014. Prior to being District Attorney, Mastroianni worked in private practice.