An elderly Brooklyn family court judge is on trial – for accepting bribes to influence his rulings in cases he was presiding over.
The judge allegedly also advised a bribing attorney as to the proper strategies to follow to succeed in his cases – and how to overbill his clients.
Investigations were also conducted into whether choice court-appointed guardianships were awarded as a result of bribes, but the state dropped that component from its case.
A divorce attorney who regularly appeared before, and allegedly bribed the judge was integral in building the state’s case against the judge, as part of a plea bargain.
The attorney wore a wire and facilitated the occurrence of incriminating conversations in the presence of a hidden camera.
For the most part, the alleged bribes consisted of drinks and meals, with occasional payments of cash.
Read more in this Boston Herald article: Prosecutor: $10 stogies bought favors from Brooklyn divorce judge and this Park Slope [Brooklyn] Courier article: Prosecutors smell blood – Former Brooklyn judge takes more hits in bribery trial.