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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Federal Judge Angry in Corruption Case Involving Political Cronies

Angry judge delays Annabi, Jereis corruption trial until 2012
The Journal News by Jonathan Bandler  -  May 17, 2011

An angry federal judge lashed out at prosecutors Tuesday as she was forced to delay next month's start of a Yonkers corruption trial until next year.  The trial of former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and her cousin, former city Republican chairman Zehy Jereis, on bribery, conspiracy and other charges was to have started June 20. But a new grand jury indictment against the pair obtained yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office forced the change because Annabi's lawyer, William Aronwald, had an overseas trip planned for the coming weeks and would not have enough time to review the new charges.  U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon blamed the assistant U.S. attorneys, Jason Halperin and Perry Carbone, for the late charges, particularly because they mostly mirror the original ones and could have been brought months ago, she argued.  "This looks like a sandbag. I don't blame Mr. Aronwald for feeling sandbagged," McMahon told Halperin, adding later, "I have a great deal of respect for you. But this stinks. It smells."  Annabi, Jereis and politically connected lawyer Anthony Mangone were first charged in January 2010 following a four-year federal probe into the City Council's approval of the $660 million Ridge Hill project — for which Annabi changed her vote after initially opposing the development.   Mangone pleaded guilty in November, admitting that he gave Jereis thousands of dollars to pass along to Annabi so that she would change her vote on another development, the so-called Longfellow School project, which was never built.  Halperin said the new indictment does not change the prosecution's theory of the case. But Aronwald said the "allegations are substantially changed" because they extend by two years the period of time when the alleged conspiracy between Annabi and Jereis was ongoing.  The prosecution contends that Jereis effectively had Annabi on retainer, plying her with more than $160,000 over the years, in the hope that when needed she would do his bidding — and that she did so on the Ridge Hill and Longfellow votes. But the defense has complained that the retainer reference was a late addition by prosecutors once the defense had impressed upon them that the relationship between Annabi and Jereis was always a social one and never political; a distinction that could be significant in considering whether the money given Annabi could be construed as a bribe.   McMahon said the trial would have to be postponed at least until early next year because she has several trials scheduled through December.  Halperin said it was never the prosecutors' intention to disrespect the court or "sandbag" the defense. Jereis' lawyer, Anthony Siano, would not comment, other than to say "Mr. Jereis intends to vigorously defend this case."

10 comments:

in the know said...

Let another Colleen McMahon fix begin! Check out this broad and you will find she sold herself, like a fine lady of the evening, a long, long time ago. That's how she became a federal judge. Payback is expected. The Westchester powers that be (read: corrupt mobbed up thugs) have had enough prosecution of their corruption. They want a break.

Anonymous said...

And another reason why New York needs a federal monitor over the legal community. The state and federal judiciary has been under attack by corrupt insiders.

Sick of the Corruption said...

Lawyer/Judges protecting their own. NY Post Malpractice-suit 'Rx' By CARL CAMPANILE May 17, 2011
The scalpels are out!

Trial lawyers are pushing legislation that would bar hospitals and other health-care providers from interviewing doctors privately who've treated patients alleging medical malpractice. The bill protects patients from leaks of information unrelated to the malpractice case at hand, said Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens), a trial lawyer and bill sponsor. But The Greater New York Hospital Association claims such a ban would boost medical malpractice insurance costs by 5 percent, or $80 million a year, by making it harder for medical institutions to defend themselves.

ummm duh.... said...

shouldn't Court Congestion be charged to the Court...

needing more answers said...

This judge has too much patience for the corruption but little for the prosecution thereof. Hmmmm, very interesting...... What do we know about this judge and her connections?

Anonymous said...

Something stinks here. Corrupt politicians, a last minute additional indictment, a judge who is shocked at this turn of events.

If everything was on the up-and-up, why was the defendant's attorney taking a long term vacation just as the trial was beginning?

Give me a break.

LOL.. said...

Caught that too!!

Just a co-inky-dink, I am sure.. lol

Anonymous said...

I see Nicky Spano and his partner John Perone (former Judge) lurking on this one. Jereis is Nick's (and other peoples) fixer and he has to be protected.

Anonymous said...

Hey Judge, life's a bitch and sometimes Judges are too - get a live

Anonymous said...

I don't get it.. She held the Slamowitz feet to the fire...

http://www.newyorkconsumerprotection.com/consumer-law-help/debt-collection/cohen-slamowitz-llp



I bet there's more to the story...

sandbag in cahoots... who with whom I wonder....

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