Corruption trial of Trenton, N.J. mayor to begin

Opening arguments were set to begin Thursday in the corruption trial of the mayor of New Jersey’s capital city and his brother, both of whom were accused of bribery and extortion after a sting operation involving a parking garage development. Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and his brother, Ralphiel Mack, have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that were involved in a 2010 plot to secure the mayor’s help in developing a garage on city-owned land. They are among 40 potential witnesses who may testify against the brothers during the trial in U.S. District Court in Trenton, according to court documents. One of them, Charles Hall, a former Trenton city official and confidant of the mayor, pleaded guilty in February 2013 to two counts of extortion.

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