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Deliberations To Resume At Former N.J. Pol’s Trial

Government Witness Solomon Dwek (credit: CBS 2)

Government Witness Solomon Dwek (credit: CBS 2)

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jury deliberations at the trial of a former New Jersey assemblyman arrested in the state’s largest corruption sting are set to resume Thursday.

The panel deliberated for the first day without reaching a verdict Wednesday. L. Harvey Smith was charged with extortion, bribery and money laundering.

Prosecutors said Smith took $15,000 from a government informant who posed as a developer in exchange for help with building projects in Smith’s Hudson County district.

Smith’s attorney said his client had intended to return all the money and was an honest public servant who fell victim to an elaborate government sting.

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