Cory Booker made more than $1 million from speeches in four years

Cory Booker made more than $1 million from speeches in four years

NEWARK, N.J., May 18 (UPI) -- Cory Booker, the celebrity mayor of Newark, N.J., says most of the $1.3 million he has earned for speeches since 2008 has gone to the IRS and charity.
Former Newark mayor released from prison

Former Newark mayor released from prison

NEWARK, N.J., April 6 (UPI) -- A former Newark, N.J., mayor who was sent to prison for depriving the city of honest services was released to a halfway house Tuesday, officials said.

Ex-mayor of Newark, N.J., due at prison

PETERSBURG, Va., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Sharpe James, the former mayor of Newark, N.J., Monday headed for a Virginia prison to begin a 27-month prison sentence, an attorney says.

Former N.J. mayor to report to prison

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Former Newark, N.J., Mayor Sharpe James was packing Friday for a trip to a federal prison camp in Virginia, his attorney said.

Ex-mayor of Newark, N.J., gets 27 months

NEWARK, N.J., July 29 (UPI) -- Sharpe James, the former mayor of Newark, N.J., was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for helping his girlfriend buy city property.

Ex-mayor's lawyers seek leniency

NEWARK, N.J., July 18 (UPI) -- Lawyers for the former mayor of Newark, N.J., asked a federal judge to be lenient to Sharpe James when he is sentenced for corruption.

Charges against ex-Newark mayor dropped

NEWARK, N.J., May 12 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors Monday dropped charges of credit card abuse against former Newark Mayor Sharpe James.

Former Newark mayor convicted of fraud

NEWARK, N.J., April 16 (UPI) -- A federal jury in New Jersey has convicted former Newark Mayor Sharpe James of fraud for conspiring to rig the sale of nine city lots to his mistress.

No verdict yet for former Newark mayor

NEWARK, N.J., April 10 (UPI) -- Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Newark, N.J., Mayor Sharpe James spent a full day in deliberations Thursday without reaching a verdict.
Closings set in Newark mayor's trial

Closings set in Newark mayor's trial

NEWARK, N.J., April 7 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors had a complex case to recount to the jury Monday in closing arguments in the corruption trial of Newark Mayor Sharpe James.

Ex-mayor's attorney says charges unproved

NEWARK, N.J., March 31 (UPI) -- Attorneys for former Newark, N.J., Mayor Sharpe James and co-defendant Tamika Riley say charges against them should be dropped for lack of evidence.

Woman claims tryst with New Jersey mayor

NEWARK, N.J., March 3 (UPI) -- A woman on trial with former Newark Mayor Sharpe James had an affair with James but did not profit from any city land deals, her attorney said.

Jury selection begins in ex-mayor's trial

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of the former mayor of Newark, N.J., on charges of helping a woman friend buy city land at discount prices.

Judge orders two trials for ex-mayor

NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the former mayor of Newark, N.J., should be tried separately for land fraud and allegedly living it up with city funds.

Former Newark mayor pleads innocent

NEWARK, N.J., July 23 (UPI) -- Former Newark, N.J., Mayor Sharpe James pleaded innocent to federal corruption charges.
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Sharpe James
L-R: Newark City Mayor Cory Booker and former Newark Mayor and now Senator Sharpe James attend the opening night of the Prudential Center with a performance by Bon Jovi, in Newark, New Jersey on October 25, 2007. (UPI Photo/Graylock.com/HO)

Sharpe James (born February 20, 1936) is a Democratic politician and convicted felon from New Jersey, who served as State Senator for the 29th Legislative District and was 35th Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. James was the second African American Mayor of Newark and served five, four-year terms before declining to run for re-election. From June 1999 until leaving his position as Mayor in July 2006, James simultaneously served as Mayor of Newark and New Jersey State Senator. He declined to run for re-election to the State Senate in 2007; his term as Senator expired in January 2008. Prior to politics, James worked as a physical education teacher.

On 12 July 2007, a federal grand jury sitting in Newark indicted James on 25 counts that include mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy. James pled not guilty and his trial on five counts of fraud began 4 March 2008.

On 16 April 2008, James was convicted of five counts of fraud by a federal jury. The jury found that James abused a program to revitalize Newark's South Ward, selling city-owned property to a former girlfriend for approximately $46,000, which she then flipped for a profit of over $600,000. He faced seven to eight years in prison and still faces federal corruption charges stemming from the misuse of over $58,000 on city credit cards. On May 12, 2008 it was reported there will not be an additional trial. On July 29, 2008 he was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

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