Monday, March 12, 2012

Yonkers trial update: temporary adjournment; prosecution nearly done

According to a report this afternoon from the Journal News, Yonkers corruption trial adjourned for day due to sick witness:
The federal corruption trial of former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and her political mentor Zehy Jereis has been adjourned for a day while the conclusion of a sick witness’ testimony is videotaped at his home.

The judge, lawyers, defendants and court personnel will travel Tuesday morning to Danbury, Conn., after Walid Farhat’s doctor told the judge that appearing again before the jury would be too stressful for his patient, who suffered a heart attack last summer.
Accountant Farhat testified last Wednesady that he blanched at Annabi's decision to claim a tax deduction on a loan to her father--$50,000 in cash--that wasn't repaid.

He did not appear in court Thursday morning, claiming a medical condition. According to the Journal News, Farhat's testimony will be videotaped, and, after that, prosecutors should be finished with their case.

It's unclear whether Annabi and Jereis will testify.

Annabi, the former Democratic Majority Leader of the Yonkers City Council, is charged with conspiracy, bribery, extortion, false statements, and tax crimes. Jereis is charged with conspiracy, bribery, and extortion. A superseding indictment added a charge of conspiracy by Annabi and Jereis to deprive city of Annabi’s honest services.

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