Corruption trial begins in Buffalo Billion case

June 18, 2018 - 12:25 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense lawyers told jurors at the start of a New York trial that they'll discover prosecutors were wrong to say a university president conspired with construction company executives to rig bids for upstate projects.

Several defense lawyers said the former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute and the executives had no criminal intent in their roles in the upstate development plan known as the Buffalo Billion.

Lawyers for Alain Kaloyeros (uh-LAYN' kal-oh-YEHR'-ohs) and three co-defendants say no wrongdoing occurred in bidding for the contracts.

The case is a sequel to a trial that ended this year with the conviction of a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on bribery and fraud charges.

Cuomo, a Democrat, was not accused of wrongdoing in either case.

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