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.
Halloran was found guilty Tuesday in a scheme to bribe Republican party leaders so state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, could run for the GOP line in the New York City mayoral race.
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.
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.
New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith betrayed the people who elected him by trying to bribe his way into New York City’s mayoral ballot, a federal prosecutor charged Wednesday.
Prospective jurors in the corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith were asked Monday if they recognized any names on the witness list.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith is accused of trying to bribe his way onto the ballot says.
Queens lawmaker Malcolm Smith is now accused in a complicated shake-down bribe scheme of trying to buy himself a new Senate leadership role.
The embarrassing corruption scandals that took down a state senator and two assemblymen may finally lead to ethics changes. Sources told CBS 2 on Monday the Legislature is expected to make it easier for local lawmen to root out public corruption.
At state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s Queens home a number of friends stopped by with food to help sustain him as he faces a raft of serious public corruption charges, including paying bribes to rig this year’s mayoral race.