Judge Mocks US Attorney Bharara's Press Release

By Stewart Bishop (October 2, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday ridiculed a press release put out by the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a public corruption case, calling into question the prosecutorial practice of issuing purportedly sensationalist statements about charges prior to a conviction.

Sitting on a public corruption panel at the Practising Law Institute's 2013 conference on white collar crime, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan derided a supposedly over-the-top statement issued by Bharara's office announcing bribery and fraud charges against New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Council Member Daniel Halloran.

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