Five former employees of imprisoned Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff were introduced to 200 prospective jurors Tuesday, as jury selection began in their fraud trial.
City Comptroller John Liu has not been charged and is not expected to testify in the conspiracy case. But the trial could complicate his bid for higher office in what’s turning into a hotly contested mayoral race.
The mind-numbing task of choosing a jury for Clemens’ retrial has gone on for two days and might not be done by the end of the week.
Kleber Cordova is accused of drowning his wife in a bathtub at their Morristown home three years ago.
The trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky started last week with jury selection, a process that could take months as prospective jurors are questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys.
A handcuffed Muzzammil Hassan was escorted from the Buffalo courtroom by a half dozen court officers after a strident appeal to Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk that failed to change the judge’s mind.
Opening statements in the second-degree murder trial of Muzzammil Hassan were scheduled to start Tuesday in Erie County Court in Buffalo.
Potential jurors are being asked whether they have issues with the Pakistan-born Hassan’s ethnicity, or the fact that he’s Muslim and may claim self-defense.
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.
Small was one of a dozen defendants accused of trying to swing the June 2009 Democratic mayoral primary through the use of fraudulent absentee ballots.
The trial will shine a light on the use of such ballots in the nation’s second-largest gambling market. The ballots have been used to swing the outcome of elections for years.
Jury selection is underway Monday in the trial of four men accused of plotting to bomb New York synagogues.