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Former New York Judge Indicted for Attempted Extortion and Bribery
US V. SPARGO
(U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. N.Y., Dec. 10, 2008) – Thomas Spargo, a former judge for New York’s Third Judicial District, was indicted on charges of attempted extortion and attempted bribery stemming from allegations that he solicited a $10,000 payment from an attorney with cases before him. Spargo was booted off the bench in 2006 for acts including: impermissibly participating in the 2000 Florida recount protests, soliciting campaign contributions from attorneys with cases before him, and paying politicians whose endorsements he sought