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Bryant political corruption trial resumes

Oct. 30, 2008 at 4:33 PM

TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The federal political corruption trial of former New Jersey state Sen. Wayne Bryant resumed in the harsh glare of the courtroom spotlight Thursday.

So far, the Trenton, N.J., trial has painted a fairly foggy picture of gnarled political and personal relationships that reached across the state and brought in many names.

However, only Bryant, a Democrat, and R. Michael Gallagher, former dean of the University of Medicine and Dentistry's School of Osteopathic Medicine, face criminal charges.

Trial testimony and related disclosures have touched on reported favors for political insiders, secretive spending of taxpayer money, public jobs and pensions that allegedly drew pay for no work, and talk of political payback, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Sworn testimony and pointed questioning from prosecutors have combined to cast an unflattering light on past and current officials in Trenton and Gloucester County, the state's flagship medical school,

key figures in New Jersey's political power structure and several sitting lawmakers.

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