Mixed Verdict for Ex-Newark Deputy Mayor

Jurors found Ronald Salahuddin guilty of extortion conspiracy but acquitted him of attempted extortion and bribery charges.

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    An former deputy mayor to Newark Mayor Cory Booker was found guilty of extortion conspiracy but was acquitted of attempted extortion.

     A jury has returned a mixed verdict in the corruption trial of a former aide to Newark Mayor Cory Booker charged with steering city demolition contracts to a company in which he had a financial interest.

        
    Jurors found Ronald Salahuddin guilty of extortion conspiracy but acquitted him of attempted extortion and bribery charges.
        
    He and accused co-conspirator Sonnie Cooper, a contractor, were indicted in February 2010.
        
    Cooper was also found guilty of conspiracy but acquitted of other charges.
        
    The verdict was returned Friday afternoon in Trenton federal court.
        
    The 59-year-old Salahuddin, a former detective who once served as director of the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, was appointed deputy mayor following Booker's election in 2006.
        
    Both men face up to 20 years in prison.