Though he was reportedly expected to plead guilty to federal corruption charges today, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. instead pleaded not guilty, setting up a trial date for December or possibly January.
Mr. Boyland, appearing at a federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn today, was indicted last year for soliciting bribes from undercover FBI agents and later fraudulently billing the state for mileage and per diem expenses. Standing with his lawyer, Peter Quijano, a grinning Mr. Boyland offered no comment.
“William Boyland Jr. stands by his plea of not guilty and looks forward to being exonerated by a jury in court in December or January,” Mr. Quijano told reporters outside the court room.
Federal prosecutors said earlier this month that Mr. Boyland and his lawyers were in negotiations for a plea deal, expecting the assemblyman to plead guilty. Mr. Boyland’s lawyer did not shed any light on why the Brooklyn assemblyman, who has now been indicted three times on various charges, decided to fight the charges.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not elaborate, either.
“Judge Townes has scheduled the trial for December 2,” Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the Eastern District of New York, said when asked for comment.