6:22 pm Oct. 3, 2011
When John Haggerty's defense team got Mayor Bloomberg on the stand, they tried attacking his credibility, asking him questions about his autobiography, term limits, and the public statements he made about Stephen Goldsmith's embarrassing departure.
But their most salient point came when Bloomberg, in a rare moment of frustration today, admitted to a wide definition of the word "financial." That may come back to haunt Bloomberg, since he signed paperwork with election officials vowing to disclose financial activity related to his campaign, but didn't bother to disclose when he made what he called a "personal" contribution to the Independence Party for services that Haggerty, it's alleged, never performed.
Harry Siegel notes that Haggerty's team isn't even trying to argue that their client is innocent of pocketing the money, instead, aiming for a hung jury. And Erica Orden and Michael Howard Saul focus on a detail that came out after the mayor's testimony: his philanthropy sure is charitable when it comes to salaries: $350,000 to their C.E.O. And the New York Times gets the scoop on how Bloomberg used the inmates' entrance to avoid reporters and photographers today.
The NYCLU goes to court to get more information about NYPD's alleged spying in immigrant neighborhoods. [Colby Hamilton]
John Haggerty's wife has her own lawyer, but says the couple is still married. [@azipaybarah]
Mayor Bloomberg said his contribution to the Independence Party was to benefit all the candidates on that line, but couldn't name any. [Harry Siegel]
"I do not view it as a campaign expenditure, because it was not for me, it was for all of the candidates of the Independence Party," said Bloomberg. [Reuters]
John Haggerty's lawyer cross-examined Bloomberg for 135 minutes. [Michael Howard Saul]
The mayor kept his cool. [Kate Taylor]
A reporter fears widespread memory loss among Bloomberg's aides. [@powellnyt]
How Bloomberg "who prides himself on being unafraid to take the subway to work" was secretly driven into the courthouse today to avoid reporters and photographers. [Andy Newman and John Eligon]
Bloomberg's public schedule didn't include his public testimony in open court. [Dan Janison]
The woman running Bloomberg philanthropies makes $350,000 annually. [Erica Orden and Michael Howard Saul]
The only prospective 2013 mayoral candidate to answer any question about the Occupy Wall Street protesters was Christine Quinn, who focused on their right to free speech. [Andrew Grossman]