Judge orders 2 separate trials in so-called Corridor of Corruption case
WHITE PLAINS - A federal judge ruled today that two separate trials will be held in the so-called Corridor of Corruption case.
The judge said that former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin will be tried separately from the other defendants.
The judge also decided that the trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith, Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran, and Queens GOP leader Vincent Tabone will begin on June 2.
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Smith had previously asked the judge to postpone his trial until after primaries.
"We're hopeful we'll be prepared in the appropriate time, but I don't think there's any way to predict whether the severance works to our advantage or not," said Jasmin's attorney Benjamin Ostrer.
Jasmine's trial will likely begin in the early fall.
The cases allegedly involved political leaders accepting bribes in a real estate scam. Two other officials already pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud, extortion and taking bribes in the case.