Ex-Christie aides to be sentenced in New Jersey bridge case
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:55
Both of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's convicted former aides are seeking to avoid prison time after being convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.
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In their sentencing memorandum, prosecutors drew attention to the fact that Baroni and Kelly maintained their innocence and perjured themselves at trial.
Kelly argued that the guidelines used to calculate her sentence are typically used for violent crimes. He served as the star witness at the trial and described to jurors how he had come up with the idea for the scheme and how he had been helped by Kelly and Baroni. Chris Christie declined to say whether they should receive prison time.
The stakes for Baroni and Kelly are much higher as they approach Wednesday's sentencings.
They testified at their trial last fall that they were misled by former Port Authority of NY and New Jersey official David Wildstein, who ultimately pleaded guilty and admitted he concocted the scheme.
Prosecutors urged U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton not to show leniency because, in their words, Kelly and Baroni provided "flagrantly false testimony" during the trial. They said Kelly is a single mother of four, and Baroni has led an exemplary life and once assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a separate political corruption probe in New Jersey more than a decade ago.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not saying what kind of sentence two former aides should face for their roles in the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
Kelly and Baroni are to be sentenced Wednesday.
Three Iraqis living in the U.S.as refugees have been charged with visa fraud after prosecutors say they hid their family ties to a kidnapper. Baroni testified that Wildstein was viewed as Christie's enforcer, and several Port Authority officials testified that he was nearly universally disliked at the agency.