Fed judge goes soft on B’klyn pol
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.