Next case! Now comes Sen. John Sampson's turn to answer feds' charges

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John Sampson becomes the third ex-Democratic Senate leader John Sampson becomes the third ex-Democratic Senate leader to face federal charges behind Pedro Espada and Malcolm Smith. Photo Credit: AP

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Not that anyone was surprised. Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), former leader of his party's conference in the upper house, has become the latest corruption defendant in a state Legislature with a higher per capita crime rate than your average rough neighborhood. The move follows quickly on the heels of the revelation late last week that ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) recorded conversations with colleagues. Sampson was linked to the scandal surrounding an aborted casino deal at Aqueduct Race Track and the doings of a local builder caught up in federal charges.

Early details are here.

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