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No Insanity Defense for NYC Councilman in Corruption Trial

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014  |  Updated 4:25 PM EDT
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Raw Video: Pols Arrested in Bribery Plot

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New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran arrives to federal court in White Plains, N.Y., Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

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Raw Video: Pols Arrested in Bribery Plot

A prominent Democratic state senator and a Republican city councilman from Queens were arrested Tuesday in an alleged plot to get the senator onto the New York City mayoral ballot by paying off GOP county chairmen, authorities said. Democratic State Sen. Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Dan Halloran and four others were arrested by the FBI Tuesday morning.
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A federal judge has refused to permit an insanity defense for one of the New York politicians about to go on trial for corruption.

Former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran had hoped to tell the jury about brain surgery he underwent in 2012 to remove a benign tumor. His lawyer suggested the operation had a "residual mental effect."

Judge Kenneth Karas ruled Tuesday that Halloran raised the issue too late — last week — and that there wasn't enough supporting evidence.

Halloran's trial begins Wednesday. His co-defendants are state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Vincent Tabone, who's former vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party.

Prosecutors say the three men engaged in a bribery scheme to get Smith, a Democrat, onto the GOP ballot for mayor last year.

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