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Lawyer for ex-Lt. Gov. Benjamin floats argument to challenge charges

An attorney for ex-New York Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin told a Manhattan judge that he plans to challenge the charges brought against his client on the grounds of the U.S. Supreme Court being hesitant to charge politicians in cases built only on political contributions.

In a statement released after the hearing, attorneys Barry Burke and Dani James called the charges against Benjamin “flimsy and unwarranted” and questioned the wisdom of bringing charges against a sitting Lt. Gov. just weeks before the primary election.

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Earlier this month, Benjamin was arrested for allegedly offering political favors to a real estate developer in exchange for campaign contributions. He was arrested on multiple charges last week including fraud, bribery, conspiracy, and falsification of records.

Benjamin was released on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty to multiple charges. Monday, April 18 was Benjamin’s first court appearance before Judge J. Paul Oetken, who will preside over the trial if one occurs.

Related: Cayuga County-area state senators react to Lt. Gov. Benjamin’s arrest, resignation



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