Prosecutor Alexander Solomon in federal corruption case against former New York State Senator John L. Sampson. Mr. Solomon indicated that former Senator Sampson parked in no-parking spaces throughout his criminal trial by using his Senate placard on his car. The Barometer can see how, especially in New York, an elected official attending his own trial could be considered to be on “official business.”
The former senator was convicted of obstruction of justice. There had been a previous charge of embezzlement of $440,000 (Mr. Sampson was serving as a court-appointed referee on foreclosure properties and was supposed to return the funds to the court, but kept them instead), which the defense acknowledged, arguing only that the statute of limitation for its prosecution had expired. Oh, victory with honor.
Nobody reports on corruption trials and sentencing like Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times. Oh, the irony she sees and covers. Before we are done, we may lose the whole New York legislature. Experience is the best teacher. “Brooklyn Legislator Convicted of 3 U.S. Charges; Loses Seat in State Senate,” July 25, 2015.