Reporting Irene Cornell
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) - Jurors in the case of a political operative accused of stealing more than $1 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have asked the judge to clarify who’s the victim of the alleged scheme.
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The jury’s latest question reveals confusion as they try to sort through the political wheeling and dealing that left Bloomberg’s re-election campaign out $1.1 million in the mayor’s own money.
The juror’s note to the judge asks, “Is there a specific victim here?”
The judge told them simply that the victim is the Michael Bloomberg.
The jurors’ confusion is understandable as the defense pictured Bloomberg as arrogant and duplicitous, a politician out to win it all costs, who didn’t miss the money, and never bothered to check on whether consultant John Haggerty had actually provided the poll watching operation he promised.
Prosecutors say Haggerty did only $32,000 of work and pocketed much of the rest.
Haggerty is charged with grand larceny for using most of that one-point-one million dollars to buy a house in Queens.
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