Judge Denies Former Jersey City Official’s Bid to Avoid Prison
A federal judge has rejected the final attempt of a former New Jersey deputy mayor to stay out of prison after a bribery conviction.
Leona Beldini’s attorney had argued Tuesday she deserved a new trial because the government’s chief witness made improper statements during his testimony.
U.S. District Judge Jose Linares denied the request in a ruling Tuesday afternoon.
Beldini was Jersey City’s deputy mayor when she was arrested in 2009 along with 43 others in a federal corruption and money laundering sting. She was convicted of bribery for taking money from a federal informant posing as a corrupt developer.
It’s unclear whether the ailing 77-year-old Beldini will report to prison as scheduled on Sunday to begin serving a three-year sentence.
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