- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The prosecution has rested its case in the federal corruption trial of a former northern New Jersey Democratic power broker.

The U.S. attorney’s office claims Joseph Ferriero used his position as the head of the Bergen County Democratic Organization to run bribery, kickback and extortion schemes.

The Record (https://bit.ly/1BsWduu) reports the prosecution called 21 witnesses over the last five weeks.

Defense attorney Michael Baldassare began his case Thursday afternoon. In his opening remarks to the jury at the beginning of the trial, Baldassare said Ferriero would take the witness stand.

Prosecutors say Ferriero took cash in exchange for using his political influence to help a Virginia-based developer win a contract to build the ill-fated Xanadu complex at the Meadowlands. He’s also accused of taking kickbacks on municipal contracts.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com


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