Former Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith acquitted of corruption

NEWARK - (AP) - A former New Jersey state lawmaker has been acquitted of extortion, bribery and money laundering charges in thestate's largest corruption sting.

Former Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith embraced his attorneys as theverdict was read Thursday in Newark federal court. The jury haddeliberated for two days at his trial.

Prosecutors accused Smith of taking $15,000 from a governmentinformant who posed as a developer.

Smith's attorney said his client had intended to return all themoney and was duped by an elaborate government sting.

Smith's trial was the first in which jurors didn't heartestimony from the government's informant, Solomon Dwek.

About half of the 46 people arrested last year have pleadedguilty.

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