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.