Sharpe James Fatigue Watch from the New York Times: Closing Case, Prosecutors Focus on Former Mayor’s Ties to Publicist
“The problem with the government’s case is that they have not been able to draw a direct line showing money going to Sharpe James’s hands, which is toxic,” said one defense lawyer not involved in the case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to strain relations with the United States attorney’s office.
Despite establishing the romantic relationship between the two, the lawyer said, prosecutors have not produced a witness with direct knowledge of a plan to steer the properties to Ms. Riley.
Looks like the prosecution is about to bungle the case against Sharpe James. They’ll convict Riley of violating the city redevelopment contracts, but there’s no glory in fining or jailing an incompetent developer.