Jury selection to start in trial of Gov. Cuomo's ex-aide

Lester Mason
January 23, 2018

Corruption trial of ex-Gov.

The corruption and bribery trial in federal court for a former top Andrew Cuomo aide and several others is underway in Manhattan.

Defense lawyers for Joseph Percoco, a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and three others expressed alarm that jurors were subjected to chants and protest signs as they entered court.

The governor's former closest aide is accused of accepting $35,000 in bribes from the Syracuse developers, in exchange for helping ease economic development projects in Central New York. They did not comment but all have said previously that they are innocent of the charges.

Linda Lacewell, Cuomo's chief of staff and counselor, is expected to be among the first two witnesses called by the prosecution.

The charges against Percoco were brought by former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was sacked by President Donald Trump past year along with other federal prosecutors.

Percoco's case is expected to last several weeks.

Jury selection begins Monday in a case that has already proven to be a political embarrassment for Cuomo, a Democrat and possible presidential candidate in 2020 who took office vowing to do something about Albany's corrupt culture.

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