Analyst: Ex-state Sen. Spano likely won't be charged in probe

A Republican political analyst says despite the fact that former state Sen. Nick Spano (R-N.Y.) has hired a criminal defense firm, it is unlikely that he will be charged in connection to a corruption investigation.

Spano hired the firm after two colleagues, attorney Anthony Mangone and former state Sen. Vincent Leibell (R-N.Y.), recently pleaded guilty in a federal corruption probe.

Republican political analyst Mike Edelman, who has spoken to Spano, says he assured him that he was not the target of an investigation. Edelman says that if Spano was going to be arrested, he would have been arrested with the others who were targeted in the probe.

He also says that it's not uncommon to hire a lawyer to defend you when people close to you start getting arrested.

Spano was on a radio program this morning and said he was not worried about being caught up in the investigation.

Ex-state Sen. Nick Spano denies he is target of probe

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