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NEW YORK — Edolphus Towns, the Democratic congressman from New York City, says he won’t be running for a 16th term.
His assistant, Allan Joseph, tells the Associated Press that the 77-year-old Brooklyn lawmaker will retire in January after 30 years in Congress.
Mr. Towns says in a statement that he made the decision after months of family discussions. He gave no details. Mr. Towns says he “firmly” believes that he would have won if he had run.
During his time in Congress, he says he brought millions of dollars of improvements to his district. It includes the neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn, Boreum Hill and parts of Williamsburg.
Mr. Towns says he also fought Wall Street corruption as chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee, and helped to bring health care to millions of uninsured Americans.
Jury selection continues in John Edwards case
GREENSBORO — A federal judge Monday dismissed 47 potential jurors from the coming John Edwards trial, many because they said they couldn’t fairly weigh evidence involving the former Democratic presidential candidate.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles made her decisions Monday based on written questionnaires from 185 people summoned last week to the federal courthouse in Greensboro. Most of those dismissed indicated they had made up their minds about Mr. Edwards’ guilt or innocence of alleged campaign-finance violations based on media reports. Others were dismissed because they had medical conditions or personal hardships that would make it difficult for them to be present for the trial, which is expected to last about six weeks.
Mr. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments from two wealthy campaign donors that was used to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.
Opening arguments are scheduled to begin next Monday.
Judge Eagles said about 50 of the remaining people from the jury pool will be recalled Tuesday so she can ask questions based on their earlier written answers. Twelve jurors will be seated for the trial, along with four alternates.
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