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Clarence Norman Vows to Appeal Conviction

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Former assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Party head Clarence Norman says he'll appeal his grand larceny conviction in what prosecutors call a scheme to shake down a judicial candidate. In a mixed verdict, the jury also found Norman guilty of one count each of attempted grand larceny and coercion, but acquitted him of five other counts. He could face up to seven years in prison at sentencing April 16th. WNYC's Brian Zumhagen has more:

ZUMHAGEN: In the last of four criminal cases against Norman, the Brooklyn state Supreme Court jury deliberated about three days before reaching its verdict. The longtime assemblyman had been named in four indictments stemming from District Attorney Charles Hynes' probe into whether Norman and other party leaders sold judgeships.

At two trials in 2005, Norman was found guilty of stealing money donated to his re-election committee in 2001, and of trying to conceal contributions. He was sentenced last year to two to six years in prison but remained free on bail while fighting the remaining charges.

At his third trial last year, Norman was acquitted of charges he unlawfully billed the Assembly for mileage on a car leased by the Democratic Party. Norman was forced to resign from the Assembly following his first conviction.

For WNYC, I'm Brian Zumhagen

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