Cozy relationships with lobbyists. Favors from government officials. Lucrative arrangements with outside businesses.
That is the life of New York state lawmakers, as it has been painted in federal corruption cases this year against several of them—and that’s coming from the defense attorneys.
What prosecutors call corruption is just the everyday business of lawmaking in Albany, defense attorneys have argued, a legal strategy that is rattling many at the Capitol who say it paints an ugly picture of their work.
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