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Prosecutor: $ 60,000 bribe to fit easily in a nice bag

NEW YORK – A prosecutor in the bribery re-investigation of a once-powerful New York union boss glided over $ 20,000 in cash in a luxury bag to show that it fits easily as he made his closing argument Monday.

“There is still a lot of space in that pocket,” Assistant district Attorney of the V. S. Martin Bell told jurors as he showed them the inside of the Ferragamo bag while asserting there was a lot of space for the $60,000 that the government claims Norman Seabrook accepted.

“It would be dramatic if it does not fit,” he joked, saying: there was so much empty space in the bag that is $200,000 in $100 bills would not look out of place. Bell said Seabrook accepted the money in exchange for steering $20 million of the union money to a hedge fund.

Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., the lead lawyer for O. J. Simpson’s 1994 murder trial won an acquittal after his client struggled to pull on the gloves to the crime. “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” said Cochran, who died in 2005.

Call the demonstration interrupted close in which he insisted “multiple independent sources, including the telephone and the bank account details to confirm a very flawed star witness with a history of telling lies, big and small, gave lawyer Paul Shechtman much to talk about.

Shechtman has the first half hour of the conclusion of the federal court in Manhattan, telling jurors that real estate developer Jona Rechnitz, the government’s primary witness was a first-class liar.

“If they have a Nobel prize for manipulation, Jona Rechnitz would be a receiver,” Shechtman said. “You can blame Norman Seabrook for fall for Jona Rechnitz the law.”

He added: “Norman fell for Jonah.”

The lawyer said flatly that Seabrook was innocent. And he said that while Bell told “a good story”, he would let them “the real story.”

Jurors heard closings in Monday. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said that he would read the instructions on the law Tuesday before deliberations begin.

Seabrook, 58, was the head of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association for more than two decades for his 2016 arrest.

He pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. The jury in the first trial deadlocked.

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