Ap­peal to pros­e­cute jailed pol Samp­son again

New York Post - - NEWS - Emily Saul

Pros­e­cu­tors on Thurs­day asked an ap­peals court to re­in­state em­bez­zle­ment charges against im­pris­oned ex-pol John Samp­son — so they can bring him to trial all over again.

The feds had orig­i­nally charged the dis­graced for- mer Brook­lyn state se­na­tor with two counts of em­bez­zle­ment for pock­et­ing more than $400,000 while act­ing as a court-ap­pointed ref­eree from the late 1990s to 2008.

Yet Brook­lyn fed­eral court Judge Dora Irizarry later tossed those charges, say­ing they weren’t sup­ported un­der the law.

As­sis­tant US At­tor­ney Alex Solomon ar­gued Thurs­day it should have been up to a jury to de­ter­mine whether or not Samp­son em­bez­zled the funds.

Samp­son, 52, was sen- tenced to five years be­hind bars in Jan­uary for ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and wit­ness tam­per­ing for ly­ing to the FBI dur­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mean­while, de­fense at­tor­neys for Samp­son asked the three ju­rists to toss the en­tire case against their client, say­ing he’d been charged un­der the wrong statute re­lated to wit­ness tam­per­ing.

The panel de­clined to im­me­di­ately rule.

Samp­son sur­ren­dered last May and is serv­ing his prison time in Fair­ton, NJ.


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