2014-06-17T193449Z_1_LYNXMPEA5G10X_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-NEWYORK

Judge declares mistrial for N.Y. state senator accused of bribery

New York State Senator Malcolm Smith tries to get to his vehicle after exiting a U.S. courthouse in White Plains, New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case against a New York state senator accused of trying to buy his way onto the Republican ticket in the 2013 New York City mayoral race, lawyers in the case said. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas in White Plains, New York, scuttled the trial of State Senator Malcolm Smith and one of his co-defendants, Queens Republican leader Vincent Tabone, two weeks after it began. The trial will continue for a third defendant, former city Councilman Daniel Halloran, the latest in a string of cases against legislators in the state in recent years. The case was initially put on hold late last week after defense lawyers learned of the existence of more than 70 hours of secret recordings made by a key government informant, including more than two dozen hours recorded in Yiddish.

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