You Can’t Touch This [Sen John Sampson breaks out his MC Hammer dance moves]!
Federal Judge Dora Irrizary dismissed two "charges [having] to do with Mr. Sampson’s role as a court-appointed overseer for two foreclosed properties in Brooklyn. He was supposed to give the surplus money from the sale of the properties back to the State Supreme Court after those properties sold, which was in 1998 and 2002. Instead, the government said, he held on to the money, then withdrew it for his own use in 2008."
Further, according to the Times report, "If the court considered the date of the embezzlement to be 2008, which would have fallen within the five-year period of the statute of limitations for this kind of embezzlement, the charges would have stood. But the judge, Dora L. Irizarry of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, said on Friday that she sided with the defense, which had argued that the clock started ticking in 1998 and 2002."
Read more about this bizarre ruling here => http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/01/nyregion/2-of-10-counts-against-sampson-a-brooklyn-state-senator-are-dismissed.html?referrer=
Michael Benjamin, a consultant and contributing columnist at the NY Post and City and State NY, is a former state legislator.