Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
A key government witness who has worked for City Comptroller John Liu will take the stand during the trial of two people accused of a fundraising scheme connected to his campaign.
Judge Richard Sullivan ruled Monday that Sharon Lee could testify that she solicited donations from family and friends, with a promise that she would reimburse them, which is illegal.
All parties agree on those facts. But prosecutors argue that the Liu campaign was aware of Lee's actions, in part, because she was staying at the home of former campaign treasurer Jenny Hou, one of the defendants.
Defense lawyers say while Lee’s mother donated to the campaign, she was never reimbursed, and therefore her testimony might “confuse the jury.”
Sullivan rejected that argument, “It all boils down to who has a better theory of the facts.”