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Mistrial motion weighed at NY pols' trial

June 16, 2014
Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The federal judge at the corruption trial of three New York politicians says he'll talk to jurors before deciding whether to declare a mistrial.

Judge Kenneth Karas on Monday denied a motion to dismiss charges against state Sen. Malcolm Smith, former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran and former Queens Republican leader Vincent Tabone.

They're accused of scheming to bribe Republican party leaders so Smith, a Democrat, could run for the GOP line in the New York City mayoral race.

Karas is hoping to avoid a mistrial by granting a delay so defense attorneys can review newly disclosed recordings.

He said that if enough jurors agree to serve through the delay, the White Plains trial can go on.

He plans to talk to jurors on Tuesday morning.



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