Liu Aide Attorney: Corruption Probes Could Taint Jury

NEW YORK (AP) -

The lawyer for a New York City mayoral candidate’s former campaign treasurer says a rash of arrests in political corruption cases makes it likely that prospective jurors will show up for trial next week believing politicians are corrupt.

Federal Judge Richard Sullivan told the lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, that he does not expect the issue to be a problem when Jia “Jenny” Hou goes on trial Monday.

Prosecutors say Hou and fundraiser Xing “Oliver” Wu Pan conspired to break campaign finance laws when they worked for City Comptroller John Liu.

The trial begins just after federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced conspiracy charges against a state senator, a state assemblyman and a New York City councilman, among others. Lefcourt says he worries that jurors “fed up” with corruption will judge his client.