Fraud case is laid out as sheriff trial opens: NYC

By Brian Harmon Daily News Staff Writer
March 20, 2001, Tuesday Sports Final Edition
Copyright 2001 Daily News, L.P.
Daily News (New York)
March 20, 2001, Tuesday Sports Final Edition

(NEW YORK) -- In a monotonous, two-hour opening statement that left some jurors sleepy-eyed yesterday, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney William Ferris kicked off the criminal trial of Sheriff Patrick Mahoney. Mahoney, and retired Undersheriff Edward Morris - his top assistant and campaign manager for nine years - are jointly charged with 90 counts of fraud.

They allegedly transformed Mahoney's public office into a campaign headquarters for his reelection bids.

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