McLaughlin’s sentencing pushed to April – QNS.com

McLaughlin’s sentencing pushed to April

MANHATTAN — The sentencing of former state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin was adjourned until April in the latest delay in the ongoing legal case of the disgraced labor chief.

Manhattan Federal Court Judge Richard Sullivan postponed McLaughlin’s sentencing until April 6 at 2:15 p.m. in a court order issued Jan. 27.

It was the second time the sentencing of McLaughlin — who pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and false statements charges in March 2008 for stealing $2.2 million from labor groups, his political committee and a Little League — has been delayed since the former head of the Central Labor Council became a cooperating witness in the corruption case against Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D−Richmond Hill).

When he initially pleaded guilty last March, McLaughlin was facing a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison, according to federal sentencing guidelines.

Sources told TimesLedger Newspapers in September that McLaughlin recorded several conversations with Seminerio and introduced him to an undercover FBI agent — evidence that is now being used to pursue the criminal charges against the 73−year−old legislator.

One day later, McLaughlin’s sentencing was delayed indefinitely before eventually being scheduled for Friday.

There was no official reason given for the adjournment of the case.

— Stephen Stirling

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