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High court rejects appeal from ex-NYC councilman convicted on bribery charges

Posted at 11:30 AM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 11:30:39-05
Halloran was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Halloran was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has declined to disturb the conviction of former Republican New York City councilman Daniel Halloran on bribery and fraud charges.

The justices on Tuesday rejected Halloran’s appeal of his 2014 conviction for trying to help another politician buy a spot on the 2013 mayoral ballot.

Halloran argued that there was not enough evidence to convict him. A federal appeals court rejected those arguments last year and upheld his 10-year prison sentence.

The Queens Republican was found guilty based on evidence that he helped Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith bribe GOP leaders for their approval to let Smith run for mayor as a Republican.

He was also convicted of taking payoffs from what he thought were developers who wanted him to funnel city money to them. The men were actually working for the FBI.

Halloran admitted taking money but said it was legitimate, for work as a political operative.