Kruger after yesterday's court hearing. (Source: nytimes.com)

State Senator Carl Kruger pleaded not guilty yesterday to the slew of corruption charges threatening to end his political career and put him behind bars.

Federal prosecutors say their investigation against the local pol reveals a “broad-based bribery racket” that includes seven other defendants, who also pleaded not guilty during yesterday’s 20-minute hearing.

Kruger’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, took the opportunity to prod the judge for extra time to prepare for the case. His request revealed just how dogged investigators have been to put together a potentially unshakable case against the Southern Brooklyn Democrat – discovery materials will include more than 100,000 pages of documents and recordings of a stunning 30,000 intercepted phone calls.

According to The New York Times, Kruger declined to comment after the hearing ended, but Brafman denied that the pol had ever accepted bribes or abused his position.

 

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Yep, they’re always innocent , even after they convicted. Victims of a “political” vendetta. But they’re only fooling themselves.

    • simon

      What about the forthcoming TAX EVASION charges that will follow. Unless he declared the alleged $ 1 million bribery on his Income Taxes.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        Tax charges are always a aftermath. But I guarantee that he started squirreling money in off shore accounts a year ago.

  • Local Broker

    30k phone calls I think once the defense listens to the calls everyone is going to try and make a deal as fast as they can.

  • Anonymous

    This dude is a Effin Troll!

    Also i am not sure how this song falls together with this fool………But it does somehow.

    • nolastname

      In so many ways.

  • nolastname

    Phone to head and marbles in pocket?

  • Jal5503

    He’s such a shit

  • Bklyn Tiger

    Why would plea guilty without a plea bargain deal?
    Is he on the phone trying to bribe the JUDGE or the DA?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      You might try to bribe witnesses but this case is too big a deal for judger bribing. The powers that be want him out, he’s an embarrassment.

  • J.P. Zenger

    when is he due in court again?