U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel adjourned St. Lawrence’s sentencing, which had been set for Sept. 28, at his lawyer’s request.
A federal jury convicted St. Lawrence on May 29 on 20 corruption-related charges accusing him of manipulating the town’s books and fabricating revenues to get better rates on bonds to finance the town’s baseball stadium and other projects. The conviction ended the Democrat’s 16-year reign as supervisor.
His attorney, Michael Burke of Suffern, asked for an adjournment to better prepare for a pre-sentencing hearing to challenge allegations by prosecutors that can be considered regarding a sentence.
Burke also has petitioned Seibel to dismiss the jury’s verdict.
Burke also wanted a hearing to discuss a juror’s comments to a media outlet about the deliberations. Burke has said he plans to appeal the verdict based on insufficient evidence and because he says Seibel made numerous errors that hurt his case and favored prosecutors
Prosecutor James McMahon responded that Burke presented little more than a rehash of arguments he made during the trial that were rejected. And McMahon said those arguments are less compelling on post-trial review, requiring Seibel to ignore mounds of evidence of St. Lawrence’s guilt.”
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