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Jury Selection Begins In Bloomberg Campaign Funds Theft Trial

Polital operative John Haggerty, charged with bilking New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of more than $1 million, leaves criminal court in New York, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. A Manhattan judge denied Haggerty's request Tuesday to have the case against him thrown out of court.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Polital operative John Haggerty, charged with bilking New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of more than $1 million, leaves criminal court in New York, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. A Manhattan judge denied Haggerty’s request Tuesday to have the case against him thrown out of court. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) - Jury selection got under way in the trial of a political consultant charged with stealing more than $1 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell: This Trial Could Be Most Embarrassing For The Mayor


Jury selection began Monday in John Haggerty‘s trial. Prosecutors say he got the mayor to give the state Independence Party $1.2 million for a party-wide poll watching initiative in 2009. Bloomberg was then running for re-election. The unaffiliated mayor was the Independence Party’s top candidate.

Prosecutors say Haggerty pocketed most of the money rather than using it as planned. Haggerty says he did the work he was paid for.

Bloomberg may be the trial’s star witness.

A judge has ordered prosecutors and defense lawyers not to talk about the case outside court.

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