Defense attorney: Cuomo aide acted properly

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Posted: Jan 23, 2018 11:20 AM
Defense attorney: Cuomo aide acted properly

NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer for a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told a jury that his client accepted no bribes.

Attorney Barry Bohrer said in the opening statement of a criminal trial Tuesday that longtime Cuomo confidante Joseph Percoco is wrongfully prosecuted.

He spoke after Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Boone said Percoco accepted over $300,000 in bribes to help corrupt businessmen.

Bohrer said the government built a case out of legitimate payments paid to Percoco and his wife for work that was done.

He says Percoco is being victimized by a former corrupt business partner who reached a deal to cooperate with prosecutors in return for leniency for his crimes.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has not been accused of wrongdoing and will probably not testify.