New Jersey mayor's lawyer says no proof he took bribes as trial closes

February 7, 2014 03:01

The defense lawyer for the mayor of New Jersey's capital, charged with corruption over development of a parking garage on city-owned property, told a federal jury in closing arguments on Thursday there was no proof his client ever took a bribe.

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack faces bribery and extortion charges after becoming ensnared in a 2010 sting operation with would-be developers who were actually government informants.

Under the scheme, the developers would buy city property for the garage for $100,000 less than the land was worth, and the Democratic mayor would receive money in exchange, prosecutors say.

"Show me the money that Tony Mack received in exchange for his official influence," said defense attorney Mark Davis in his closing argument to the jury in US District Court in Trenton.

"Where's the evidence? They don't have it, because it never happened," Davis said. Mack has pleaded not guilty and remained in office despite the charges.

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