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Malcolm A. Smith, at times one of New York’s most powerful political officials as the majority leader and the minority leader of the State Senate, was granted a mistrial on Tuesday by a federal judge in his trial for bribery and wire fraud.

A federal court judge plans to decide Monday if state Sen. Malcolm Smith and two defendants’ political corruption trial will continue.

The 2014 class of New York Law Journal Rising Stars includes 42 attorneys 40 years of age and under from every sector of the bar. Judging from the nominations submitted on their behalf, these lawyers exhibit the first-rate legal skills, keen judgment, creativity and dedication that have made a lasting impression on their colleagues and clients.

Two Brooklyn Law School graduates – Vinoo Varghese ’00, Varghese & Associates, and Benjamin Fischer ’02, Morvillo Abromovitz Grand Iason & Anello – were recently named to The New York Law Journal’s list of 2014 Rising Stars.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is trying to seize the pensions of three former members of the New York City Council and one from Yonkers to force them to repay tens of thousands of dollars that judges ordered them to forfeit after political-corruption convictions.

Any public officials convicted of federal corruption charges could lose their government pension under new policies announced on Tuesday night by the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

Defense attorneys said Friday they plan to attack the legal underpinnings of the federal corruption case against a state senator accused of scheming to bribe his way onto New York City’s mayoral ballot and five others.

In a highly technical argument made in the court papers, Mr. Halloran’s attorney, Vinoo Varghese, states that Mr. Halloran could not have committed a crime, because under New York state law, such an act would not be considered bribery in any case.

The younger brother of hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam pleaded not guilty to insider-trading charges in federal court in Manhattan after he was arrested over the weekend when he returned to the U.S. from Brazil.

Rengan Rajaratnam pleaded not guilty on Monday to insider trading charges, nearly two years after the conviction of his older brother, the hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam.

NAPBA’s Best Lawyers Under 40 – 2012 Honorees Reaching Monumental Heights.

Best Lawyers Under 40 Honor to Five AABANY Members.

A self-described amateur art dealer pleaded guilty Thursday to forging appraisal documents before selling several prints purportedly by famed British artist Damien Hirst that were in fact fakes.