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Some corruption counts tossed in N.J. case

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The most serious counts against two brothers charged in New Jersey’s biggest public corruption sting have been tossed out.

Former Democratic Assemblyman Lou Manzo was a candidate for Mayor of Jersey City and Ronald Manzo was his political advisor last year when authorities say they took more than $27,000 from a government informant. A federal judge has dismissed the top four counts in the indictment against the brothers. The judge says extortion charges can not apply because the Manzo’s did not hold an elected position when they allegedly accepted the money. Both men still face fraud and bribery charges. They were among 44 people arrested in July of last year in an FBI investigation into political corruption and money laundering.

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