From the Daily News:
John Haggerty didn't steal $1 million from Bloomberg, defense lawyer Raymond Castello insisted.
"No money was ever stolen from Michael Bloomberg here," Castello said. "Michael Bloomberg got what he wanted - he won the election. John Haggerty did what was expected of him. He got indicted."
Haggerty's fraud trial got underway with Castello charging that Bloomberg's team broke campaign finance laws by wrongly labeling wire transfers from Hizzoner as donations to the Independence Party.
"There was campaign fraud by Mayor Bloomberg and his staff," Castello said.
The lawyer also charged Bloomberg and staffers got immunity when they testified before the grand jury that indicted Haggerty.
"They got a get-out-of-jail-free card," Castello said as Haggerty's fraud trial opened. "They needed a scapegoat."
No one from Team Bloomberg is charged with anything. Haggerty is accused of pocketing the money he got from the mayor for a poll-watching operation to buy his brother out of their dad's home.
"Mr. Haggerty and his legal team are prepared to say anything to avoid prison," said mayoral spokesman Jason Post.
Bloomberg and his aides did get immunity and the possibility of a waiver was never discussed, Post added.