Jury reshuffling has delayed deliberations in Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s corruption trial.
The group had spent most of today deliberating the case against the Brooklyn lawmaker and could not reach a verdict by 5 p.m. today, extending the trial into tomorrow. Since one of the jurors in the case has a prior scheduled commitment tomorrow, an alternate juror who sat in on the trial will serve as a replacement.
Judge Sandra Townes told Mr. Boyland and federal prosecutors that since the alternate juror did not deliberate with the jury today, the jury must begin the deliberation process “anew” tomorrow. It’s not clear when a verdict in the case will ultimately handed down.
Mr. Boyland has been charged with 21 crimes accusing him of four schemes, including a top count of attempted extortion while serving as an elected official. If convicted, the assemblyman faces up to 30 years behind bars.
Mr. Boyland, hounded by reporters as he left a federal court house today in downtown Brooklyn, declined to comment.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today backed a push to raise the minimum age at which teens can be tried and charged as adults—one of a host of initiatives rolled out in the last State of the State address of his first term.
Comptroller John Liu may not be leading his Democratic rivals in the polls, but his mayoral campaign is far ahead of the field in legal fees.
Mr. Liu spent nearly $100,000 on lawyers over the past two months, according to disclosures filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board this week. That’s as much as triple what other leading Democrats funneled into legal services, the records show.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted a plan by the federal Justice Department to install a monitor over the NYPD on Thursday, arguing it would compromise the city’s crime fighting and put lives at risk.
“We think that a monitor would be even more disruptive than an IG,” the mayor said during an unrelated press conference in Long Island City, Queens, referring to a plan by the City Council to create an Inspector General over the department.
For nearly any other candidate, two guilty verdicts in the trial of a trusted treasurer and fund-raiser on campaign finance fraud charges would spell the end of his or her campaign. But this is John Liu.
The city comptroller soldiered on with his campaign on Friday, attending a fund-raiser where he vowed to not only continue his campaign but win the race—and slammed the feds’ case in the process, taunting them to “put up or shut up” yet again.
“I am speechless,” Mr. Liu said from the living room of the opulent Cobble Hill home, where several dozen supporters had gathered to hear from the candidate. “When I walked in, I was speechless. I mean, this has been an amazing experience, an amazing ride. You could never make this stuff up,” he said, insisting he can still win again and again.
The federal case against Comptroller John Liu’s fundraising operation has hit a rather intriguing snag.
Oliver Pan, the donor accused of breaking campaign finance laws on Mr. Liu’s behalf, was “involuntarily committed with a mental health condition,” according to Judge Richard Sullivan, who’s overseeing the case. He did not elaborate on the specifics, outside of saying it’s unclear when (or if) he will recover.
Thus, at today’s pre-trial hearing, Mr. Sullivan established a date–this Friday, at noon–that medical professionals treating Mr. Pan need to report on his status. The judge further set April 15th as the “backup” date for the trial to begin, should Mr. Pan not promptly regain his health.
You’re going to have Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. to kick around a while longer.
Last year, Mr. Boyland was charged with soliciting bribes in order to pay his legal bills in an otherwise unrelated bribery case, but jury selection for this second trial won’t begin until July 15th, a federal judge ruled today.