Friday, January 11, 2008

Brian back to court in March

Trial Set for Former State Assemblyman Accused of Corruption
By SARAH PORTLOCK
Special to the Sun

The oft-postponed trial of a labor leader and former state assemblyman indicted on corruption charges will start on March 10, U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan of Manhattan ruled in a court proceeding yesterday. The trial is expected to last four to six weeks.

Brian McLaughlin, a Democrat of Queens, served 14 years in the state Assembly until he stepped down last year and, in 2006, was indicted on corruption charges for stealing $2.2 million from the government, the New York City Central Labor Council where he was president, his union, and a Little League baseball association. He was among the highest ranking officials at the union, Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Yesterday in court, Mr. McLaughlin, who pleaded not guilty to 44 counts of racketeering, embezzlement, conspiracy, and fraud, sat silently and stared straight ahead. He could face life in prison if convicted.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brian McLaughlin, a Democrat of Queens, served 14 years in the state Assembly until he stepped down last year and, in 2006, was indicted on corruption charges for stealing $2.2 million from the government.

If found guilty, he should be sentenced for stealing during the 14 years in the state Assembly.

Connie R said...

I hope he SINGS at the trial!

Taxpayer said...

Rumors abound that he is singing. That probably explains the lengthy wait for the March court appearance.

In March, we may see a trial, or, we may see a plea bargain.

Who will he be selling for a shorter sentence?

dave in milwaukee said...

Stealing from LITTLE LEAGUE KIDS?? This guy is lower than the whale turds on the bottom of the ocean. Which is where he may wind up, too, depending on whom he sings about in his little "operetta." What a shitweasel.

Anonymous said...

If this guy really sings, they may have to change the name of the street from Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Blvd, back to Jewel Avenue.

Local #3 IBEW said...

I heard Dennis Gallagher's brother was doing fundraising with the unions through Brian Mclaughlin and the Central Labor Council. Word on the street is he has been implicated and is facing a possible indictment regarding this case. Guess he's going to have to spend his money on his own defense instead of his flat broke rapist brothers defense. On the bright side at least the federal penitentiary in Danbury is a better jail than the NY State shithole jail Pinky is going to end up in.

Anonymous said...

I prefer that thieving bastard
to do 5 years hard time....stuck in with general pop.

When the word gets around the prison yard
how he stole money from the little league....
the inmates will rip him a new one.....
if they don't outright "shank" him in the showers
on his first day in stir !

That would beat a life term in Club Fed
as a proper and fitting punishment
for a racketeer!