Fed judge goes soft on B’klyn pol

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY MOLLY CRANE-NEW­MAN

Dis­graced for­mer as­sem­bly­woman Pamela Har­ris got a tem­po­rary re­prieve from fed­eral pri­son Fri­day af­ter ju­di­ciary le­gend fed­eral Judge Jack We­in­stein vamped be­fore a gallery of law stu­dents, wring­ing his hands over the “com­plex fac­tors” of her fraud con­vic­tion.

The 97-year-old le­gal lion seemed to strug­gle un­der the task of putting way the Brook­lyn pol, who spent $75,000 in Hur­ri­cane Sandy re­lief funds for lux­u­ries such as a cruise and a home spa.

“I’ve re­flected on this for some time,” We­in­stein said. “Nev­er­the­less, I do have to con­sider gen­eral de­ter­rence and the re­ac­tion of the pub­lic in a crime of this na­ture by a sit­ting as­sem­bly­woman.”

The judge post­poned sen­tenc­ing for a week.

Har­ris, who rep­re­sented swaths of South Brook­lyn, lied about be­ing forced out of her Coney Is­land home af­ter Hur­ri­cane Sandy — lin­ing her pock­ets with FEMA re­cov­ery funds — when her house was, in fact, rel­a­tively dam­age free, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers.

As part of a plea agree­ment, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors have rec­om­mended the court sen­tence Har­ris to three-and-ahalf years in jail.

Her lawyer asked that she get off with no pri­son time.

Pamela Har­ris

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