Judge declares mistrial for 2 NY political figures

Posted: 12:19 PM, Jun 17, 2014
Updated: 2014-06-17 12:21:57-04

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – A federal judge has declared a mistrial for a state senator and a former Queens Republican leader.

A New York City councilman has opted to go forward with his trial.

Federal Judge Kenneth Karas declared the mistrial Tuesday for state Sen. Malcolm Smith and ex-GOP leader Vincent Tabone. Their retrial is scheduled to start Jan. 5, 2015.

The defendants were accused of scheming to bribe Republican party leaders so Smith, a Democrat, could run for the GOP line in the New York City mayoral race.

Former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran is due back in court next week.

There weren’t enough jurors to serve through mid-July at a trial for all three men. The trial will be shorter now that only one defendant is left. But the jury won’t have alternates.