Friday, August 28, 2009
Former New York Supreme Court Justice Convicted Of Attempted Extortion & Bribery
Thomas J. Spargo, 66, of Albany, New York, a former New York State Supreme Court Justice, was convicted yesterday on charges of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe. The conviction was the culmination of a three day trial in which it was demonstrated that on November 13, 2003, Spargo solicited a $10,000 payment from an attorney with cases pending before him in Ulster County, while Spargo was serving as a state supreme court justice. The evidence further showed that on December 19, 2003, Spargo directly told the attorney that if he did not pay the money, his cases would be in jeopardy. He faces up to 30 years in prison, plus fines, upon sentencing.