Defense strategy: if you’re not a Senate leader, you’re just a eunuch;or, ‘it wasn’t me, it was my brother, Paul’

The legal defense team of former State Sen./plumbing consultant Joseph Coniglio (D-Paramus) has an interesting strategy to convince jurors that Coniglio is innocent: they had two of Coniglio's former colleagues testify that he lacked the juice to deliver very much money from the state budget to his client, Hackensack University Medical Center. Former Senate Majority Leader Bernard Kenny (D-Hoboken) told the jury that only the Governor, the Senate President and the Assembly Speaker actually have the power to deliver, while Senate Judiciary Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) said that a legislative spreadsheet which credited Coniglio for some of the appropriations items was inaccurate, suggesting that others, including Sarlo, were really the ones responsible.

 

Defense strategy: if you’re not a Senate leader, you’re just a eunuch;or, ‘it wasn’t me, it was my brother, Paul’