L. Harvey Smith
Smith embraced his attorneys as the verdict was read in Newark federal court. Prosecutors accused him of taking $15,000 from a government informant who posed as a developer.
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.