A corruption trial opens for a former mayor:
Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James abused his office by steering discounted city property to a girlfriend who then sold the parcels for large profits, a prosecutor told jurors Monday at James’ fraud trial.
James was mayor from 1986 to 2006 before deciding not to seek a sixth term. He also served as a state senator from 1999 to January 2008, when he left office after not seeking re-election.
Not a word mentioning his party affiliation – so we know its Democrat. And this is only the first trial he faces:
After this trial, which is expected to last several months, James faces a second trial on charges alleging he used city-issued credit cards to pay for $58,000 worth of personal expenses while he was mayor, including trips with several women other than his wife to Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Rio de Janeiro.