2015-06-10 / Front Page

Halloran Surrenders To Kentucky Jail Officials

By Liz Goff
Disgraced former City Councilmember Dan Halloran surrendered to federal prison officials on June 1, approximately one week after a Federal Appeals Court nixed his bid to remain free on bail while he appeals his bribery conviction.

Halloran, who was supposed to surrender to authorities on June 1,was granted an extra week of freedom before starting his 10-year prison sentence for masterminding a scheme to help former State Sen. Malcom Smith buy his way onto the 2013 New York City mayoral ballot.

In a May 29 letter to Federal Judge Kenneth Karas, Halloran’s attorney, Jonathan Edelstein, requested a one week extension of his client’s surrender date, until June 8, saying Halloran needed “a short time to put his affairs in order,” including time to pack his personal effects, surrender his license plates, file paperwork with the state Bar Association, book a flight to Kentucky and get his dog settled in a new home,” court papers state.

Halloran turned himself in to a federal prison in Kentucky on June 8, where the Federal Bureau of Prisons had already assigned Halloran his register number, 68384-054, which will also serve as his prisoner identification number.

Halloran, a two-term Councilmember and former rising star in the GOP, was charged wit Smith in a federal indictment for allegedly plotting to bribe Republican Party officials to get Smith on the GOPs 2013 primary ballot.

Halloran, an attorney, former prosecutor and self-described pagan, was first elected to the City Council in 2009 to represent neighborhoods in eastern Queens. Officials at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Kentucky said his religious needs would be accommodated through the prison’s chaplain service.

Under current law, Smith a democrat, needed Republican Party support in at least three boroughs to run as a Republican candidate without changing his party affiliation..

Prosecutors charged that Smith, in an attempt to gather that support, asked Halloran to schedule meetings and negotiate thousands of dollars in bribes with Republican Party leaders. Halloran pocketed thousands of dollars of the bribe money, prosecutors said.

Halloran tried to argue before the appellate panel that he should be allowed to remain free while he appeals his bribery conviction.

The Appeals Court said in court papers filed on May 27, “We conclude that appellant has not satisfied his burden of persuasion to show that any substantial question of law or fact raised upon appeal is likely to result in a reversal.”

Court papers said the decision could be an indication that Halloran is unlikely to obtain a reversal of his conviction.

 

 

 

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