Former City Councilman’s lawyers try to drag Michael Bloomberg into bribery trial

This article originally appeared in The Daily News.

BY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 7:44 AM
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiMICHAEL SCHWARTZ /FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSFormer City Councilman Daniel Halloran is accused of acting as a middleman in a corrupt scheme to run state Sen. Malcolm Smith for mayor as a Republican.

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran’s defense attempted to drag Michael Bloomberg into Halloran’s bribery trial Tuesday, suggesting the former mayor got away with paying Republican Party bosses under the table for their support.

But White Plains Federal Judge Kenneth Karas told attorney Vinoo Varghese to shove it, warning the lawyer to stick to Halloran’s case in questioning an undercover FBI agent.

“You’re flirting with being asked to sit down and I’ve never had to do that in a case before,” Karas warned.

Halloran, a Queens Republican, is accused of playing middleman in a corrupt scheme to run state Sen. Malcolm Smith for mayor on the GOP line.

Author: sabrinacaserta

Sabrina Caserta, born and bred in Bronx, New York, is a freelance reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Daily News and Street Sense- a homeless-run street paper located in the District. As a member of Roger Williams University’s class of 2016, Sabrina studied Journalism and Political Science. This fueled her passion for social justice reporting, including issues of homelessness, institutionalized racism, poverty, education and the environment. She also served as the Project Director of the nation-brand initiative, The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, and as a Resident Assistant for three years. As an avid reader, health enthusiast and travel addict, Sabrina enjoys yoga, cooking and writing in her spare time. She aspires to one day be an investigative journalist and travel the world. Twitter: @sabrinacaserta Email: sabcaserta AT gmail DOT com

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