St. Lawrence won’t take stand in corruption trialPosted: Updated:
Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence will not take the stand in his corruption trial.
After 16 days of testimony, the federal securities fraud trial of the Ramapo town supervisor is coming to an end. Prosecutors plan to call their final witnesses on Tuesday. The defense notified the judge Monday they won't be calling any witnesses and that St. Lawrence will not be taking the stand to defend himself against the charges.
The longtime town supervisor is facing a 22-count federal indictment for securities and wire fraud.
Prosecutors claim St. Lawrence cooked the books at Town Hall and lied about the town's finances in order to secure favorable interest rates on $25 million in bonds to pay for Provident Bank Park.
St. Lawrence has denied all the charges but last week the jury heard tapes of St. Lawrence telling his co-workers, "We're going to have to be magicians to get those numbers" when talking to a representative from the Moody's credit rating agency about the town's finances.
Prosecutors will call a few remaining witnesses on Tuesday and then prosecutors and the defense will make their closing arguments.
The judge has said the jury could get the case as soon as Wednesday.