Sweet Justice: James found guilty on all counts

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was convicted on all counts of a 5-count federal corruption indictment today, and co-defendant Tamika Riley was also found guilty on all 13 charges against her.

James, 72, was the Mayor from 1986 to 2006, and served in the State Senate from 1999 to 2008.

James will remain free on bail until sentencing, and could face several years in prison.

A federal jury found that James rigged the sale of city-owned land to Riley, his former girlfriend. Riley was able to quickly resell the land at a huge profit.

James was indicted last summer on 33 counts.

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Sharpe James: just another criminal defendant in federal court

For 20 years, Sharpe James wielded immense power as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, a political boss who eventually held a dual role as a state senator.

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James Trial Jury Selection Enters Day Three

The methodical process of whittling down an initial jury pool of 150 people continued at federal court in Newark on Tuesday in the first of two corruption trials of former Newark mayor and State Senator Sharpe James.

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Jury selection commences in ex-mayor James’ corruption trial

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys for former Newark mayor and state Sen. Sharpe James will begin questioning potential jurors today in their effort to select 12 jurors and seven alternates to hear corruption charges against him.

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