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.
L. Harvey Smith was charged with extortion, bribery and money laundering in the state’s largest corruption sting.
Prosecutors were making their summations in Newark federal court. They called one rebuttal witness earlier Tuesday from the Election Law Enforcement Commission, which tracks campaign donations.
The prosecution was expected to call Assemblyman John Wisniewski. He heads the Democratic State Committee and is chairman of the Assembly transportation committee.
The developer was undercover government informant Solomon Dwek, who secretly taped meetings with Smith and other public officials.
L. Harvey Smith has pleaded not guilty to several extortion, bribery and money laundering counts.
L. Harvey Smith was accused of taking $15,000 from a government informant after promising he would help with environmental permits for the informant’s building project in Jersey City.
Attorneys will return Tuesday to pick a jury for Smith’s bribery and extortion trial.
The former New Jersey assemblyman snared in the state’s largest corruption sting is headed to prison for 41 months.
The former superintendent of New Jersey’s fourth-largest school district could still get hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension, unused sick leave and vacation time even if he is convicted of bribery and fraud.
There were stunning corruption charges levied Thursday against the man in charge of New Jersey’s fourth largest school district.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the third trial stemming from last year’s huge federal corruption sting.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island crane company official will spend two to six years in prison for bribing New York City’s former chief crane inspector. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced […]