Platinum Loss Mention Didn't Skew Bribery Trial, Feds Say

Law360 (September 10, 2019, 3:22 PM EDT) -- Manhattan federal prosecutors urged the Second Circuit on Friday to uphold the bribery conviction of a former corrections union leader, saying jurors weren’t unduly swayed by “sparing” mention of the union’s $19 million loss on investments he was bribed to make.

Former Correction Officers' Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook was convicted in 2018 of taking bribes to steer COBA retirement fund investments to Platinum Partners. On appeal, Seabrook challenged the fairness of the trial, taking aim at U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein’s ruling allowing prosecutors to tell jurors that the retirement fund ultimately lost $19 million on its investment....

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