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Former Councilman Guilty on Multiple Corruption Charges

Former New York City councilman Dan Halloran was found guilty today of multiple political corruption charges.  Halloran was arrested last year alongside prominent Democrat State Senator, Malcolm Smith, and a pair of GOP operatives in a massive bribery scheme aimed to get Smith on the Republican mayoral ballot, and rigging the election.

Via the Observer:

A jury found former City Councilman Dan Halloran guilty on all counts against him in connection with two separate political corruption schemes — including one to rig the mayoral race, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced Tuesday.

“With today’s verdict of guilty reached by an impartial and independent jury, the clean-up of corruption in New York continues in courtrooms,” Mr. Bharara said a statement.

Mr. Halloran, a Queen Republican, was arrested in connection with the bizarre plot to secure State Sen. Malcom Smith, a Democrat a slot to run in the Republican mayoral primary.

“As the jury unanimously found, Daniel Halloran played a key role in two distinct political corruption schemes: first, for $20,000, Halloran was willing and able to serve as a go-between to deliver bribes to political party officials, and second he also took nearly $25,000 in cash and illegal campaign contributions to steer $80,000 in City Council money to other bribe payers,” Mr. Bharara said in a statement.

Prosecutors indicate that Halloran could face up to 45 years in prison.

A nice little demonstration that corruption is always a threat from both sides of the political aisle.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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