Judge: No limiting queries at NY political trial



NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has rejected a request to limit what New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg or top aides could be asked at a coming trial where a campaign consultant is charged with stealing more than $1 million from the billionaire mayor.

Jury selection was postponed from Monday to Sept. 19 for John Haggerty’s trial. Bloomberg may testify. City Hall has declined to comment.

Prosecutors say Haggerty pocketed most of some $1.2 million he got Bloomberg to give the state Independence Party. The money was to finance poll-watching in 2009, when Bloomberg was running for re-election. Haggerty says he did nothing illegal.

Prosecutors had wanted the judge to bar Haggerty’s lawyers from delving into Bloomberg’s campaign finances. On Monday, the judge said no.