Eric Stevenson, a Bronx Democrat, was arrested last month on federal corruption charges. It was later revealed through transcripts of a conversation with a witness, that Stevenson believes if the politicians were ever caught, ‘half of Albany would probably be in prison’.
More recently, the Assemblyman explained to reporters that he could not afford his legal fees … from the back seat of a Mercedes-Benz.
Stevenson pled not guilty to five counts of conspiracy and bribery, and stands accused of pocketing more than $20,000 in cash and campaign contributions.
Perhaps all of this could have been gone a lot more smoothly if the embattled Democrat had simply read his own informational pamphlet.
Via the Times Union:
t’s a legislative pamphlet sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Eric Stevenson telling constituents (or, in the case of my source, someone who saw it in his office) how they should avoid arrest if approached by police. Stevenson, you might recall, was arrested last month and charged with taking bribes in exchange for sponsoring legislation. The Bronx backbencher was recorded on a wiretap saying “half of Albany” could be in prison if people knew how decisions were made.
The pamphlet is designed to prevent that from happening. Allow me to excerpt:
“DON’T SAY ANYTHING WITHOUT A LAWYER.”
“Sometimes you can be released without bail or have bail lowered. You must be taken before the judge within 24 hours after arrest.”
“If the police knock and ask to enter your home, you don’t have to admit them unless they have a warrant signed by a judge.”
It’d be nice if Democrats could stop being arrested in New York state, but since that appears to be a pipe dream, it’s good to know that they at least have good legal advice from one of their own.
Or in the case of Stevenson … himself.