NEW YORK (AP) - A New York state assemblyman charged in a corruption case has backed out of a scheduled guilty plea.
His lawyer told a federal judge Tuesday that William Boyland Jr. changed his mind and wants to go to trial.
Prosecutors have accused the Brooklyn Democrat of
soliciting bribes in exchange for helping a carnival promoter get
permits and leases. Authorities say they recorded the lawmaker naming
his price in bugged hotel rooms in Atlantic City and Manhattan.
His lawyer said Tuesday that Boyland looks forward to clearing his name.
Boyland won the seat after his father, William Boyland Sr., retired from the assembly.
The younger Boyland is among 30 New York officials named in corruption cases in the last seven years.
The trial will be held in December or January.
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