A federal jury found Smith guilty on Thursday of all charges, including bribery conspiracy, wire fraud, use of interstate facilities to commit bribery, extortion and obstruction.
In opening statements at Smith’s corruption retrial, a prosecutor said the Queens Democrat paid bribes to get permission from Republican leaders to run on the GOP line.
The mistrial covers Smith and Queens Republican leader Vincent Tabone. Former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran trial will continue.
The judge said that if enough jurors agree to serve through the delay — another two weeks — the White Plains trial can go on.
Defense attorneys argued Friday that the trial must be halted because more than 90 hours of secret recordings — including 28 hours in Yiddish — had been withheld by prosecutors until this week.
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Smith allegedly paid off former City Councilman Daniel Halloran and top Republican Party bosses, believing running on the GOP line would help his chances at winning City Hall.
The jury in the trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith will have to figure out the difference between a bribe and a campaign contribution.
On Thursday, Vincent Tabone’s attorney gave the jury his take on the bribe payment scene that allegedly unfolded on Valentine’s Day last year.
Dan Halloran, a co-defendant in the trial against state Sen. Malcolm Smith, raised the question of an insanity defense as jury selection continued Tuesday.
New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran (R-19th) wants bribery charges against him dismissed.
Councilman Daniel Halloran said Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek to keep his Queens seat in November’s election so he could focus on exonerating himself.
Already hit with criminal charges alleging that he took bribes in a federal corruption case, New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran (R-19th) is now facing an investigation by his own colleagues.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Dan Halloran and four others were arrested Tuesday in what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called “an unappetizing smorgasbord of greed” involving “six officials who together build a corridor of corruption.”
Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin was charged Tuesday with mail fraud in a complaint centering on New York City politics.
Mayor Bloomberg said he believes the opportunity for the kind of corruption alleged against the political leaders arose because political parties are part and parcel of New York City’s elections.