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Prosecution rests in corruption trial

Roger Corbin on his way in to court,

Roger Corbin on his way in to court, Monday. (June 28, 2010) Credit: James Carbone

After more than three months of testimony, the prosecution rested its case Tuesday morning against four former government officials in a corruption trial centered on a New Cassel redevelopment project.

Kenneth St. Bernard, of Mineola, attorney for former Nassau Legis. Roger Corbin, Tuesday argued that the Nassau County district attorney's office had failed to prove its case and that the charges against Corbin should be dropped.

On trial with Corbin, of Westbury, are ex-Legis. Patrick Williams, of Uniondale; Neville Mullings, of Westbury, former executive director of the North Hempstead Community Development Agency: and David Wasserman, of Roslyn Heights, North Hempstead's former building and planning commissioner. Indicted in July 2010, they are charged with conspiracy and grand larceny for allegedly steering work to a developer, Ranjan Batheja, in exchange for $400,000 in bribes.

St. Bernard, who went over each of multiple indictment counts against Corbin, said a "reasonable" juror "could not find my client guilty of any of these charges."

Williams' attorney, Michael Rosen of Manhattan, also moved to dismiss the charges against his client. Mullings' attorney, Frederick Brewington of Hempstead, began similar arguments Tuesday afternoon. The defense attorneys said they did not plan to call witnesses.

An alternate juror was dismissed from the trial because of a scheduling conflict. She met briefly with the attorneys in the judge's chambers. She declined to comment as she left the courthouse.

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