Newark ex-Mayor Sharpe James has a court date with destiny

Newark ex-Mayor Sharpe James has a court date with destiny

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James is due in federal court this morning for sentencing on corruption charges that could put him behind bars for a decade.

The former Democratic powerbroker and his co-defendant, Tamika Riley, are scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge William Martini at 10 a.m. in Newark.

Prosecutors contend James deserves as much as 20 years in prison for arranging the sale of lucrative city land to Tamika Riley, his onetime mistress. Defense attorneys have pleaded for leniency, saying any significant prison term would be a “lifelong sentence” for the 72-year-old James.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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