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November 13, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal fraud trial began in New York for the Speaker of the New York state Assembly and his top aide. Prosecutors charge Speaker Mel Miller cheated his law firm's clients out of thousands of dollars in shady real estate deals. His lawyer argued prosecutors targeted Miller because of his high political profile and then went looking for a crime and evidence to back it. Success for the prosecution depends upon whether the jury believes its key witness, Avi Cohen, an admitted con-man.
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December 14, 1991 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury on Friday convicted the Speaker of the New York state Assembly of fraud charges in connection with real estate transactions, a verdict that could have an impact on the presidential campaign plans of Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. The jury's decision not only effectively ended the political career of Mel Miller, New York's second-most-powerful Democrat, but may have dealt a serious setback to Cuomo's effort to bridge the state's large budget gap.
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December 14, 1991 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury on Friday convicted the Speaker of the New York state Assembly of fraud charges in connection with real estate transactions, a verdict that could have an impact on the presidential campaign plans of Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. The jury's decision not only effectively ended the political career of Mel Miller, New York's second-most-powerful Democrat, but may have dealt a serious setback to Cuomo's effort to bridge the state's large budget gap.
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November 13, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal fraud trial began in New York for the Speaker of the New York state Assembly and his top aide. Prosecutors charge Speaker Mel Miller cheated his law firm's clients out of thousands of dollars in shady real estate deals. His lawyer argued prosecutors targeted Miller because of his high political profile and then went looking for a crime and evidence to back it. Success for the prosecution depends upon whether the jury believes its key witness, Avi Cohen, an admitted con-man.
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