It’s not often that a lawyer has the political class of an entire state running scared and looking over its shoulder. Preet Bharara has done this in New York. He recently prosecuted successfully the former Speaker of the New York Assembly and the Majority Leader of the New York Senate. Some think that he is getting ready to go after even bigger game. Though Bharara is being coy about that.
It is one of the most remarkable anti-corruption crusades we’ve ever seen.
(From The Wall Street Journal)
“You can’t talk normally because it’s like f— Preet Bharara is listening to every f— phone call,” Adam Skelos said on a wiretapped call played during his federal corruption trial and replayed on Mr. Lehrer’s show. “It’s just f— frustrating.”
Mr. Bharara, however, appeared less focused on the defendants’ salacious words than on their deeds.
“I think there’s no doubt now…that there’s a deep problem of corruption in Albany,” Mr. Bharara said during the interview. “Not just when you have a… backbench legislator convicted of some occasional misconduct, but you have long-running, quid-pro-quo corruption schemes—extortion and bribery—found by average New Yorkers, quickly. That’s a problem.”