Federal judge accuses Annabi lawyer of lying

The federal judge overseeing the corruption case of former Yonkers city councilwoman Sandy Annabi has accused her lawyer of lying and appointed a special attorney for Annabi for a hearing that will take place next month.

During another hearing Thursday, federal judge Colleen McMahon said she wasn't sure whether she could trust Annabi's attorney, William Aronwald. McMahon claimed Aronwald was being deceptive if he allowed a disbarred attorney, Sam Abady, to work on the case. Outside the courthouse, Aronwald called McMahon's words "offensive and wrong."

McMahon postponed the scheduled hearing to discuss possible conflicts of interest until next month and appointed special counsel for Annabi for the hearing. Annabi addressed the court, saying she had full confidence in Aronwald and didn't want special counsel.

Annabi is charged with conspiracy and bribery for allegedly changing her vote on the Ridge Hill and Longfellow development projects in exchange for $167,000 in bribes. She has plead not guilty, and her trial is scheduled to begin in February.

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