Judge: Media photos of shackled Corbin OK

A judge ruled Friday that images of Nassau Leg. Roger Corbin being carried away in handcuffs won?t prejudice a jury pool in the tax evasion case against him. Corbin, a seven-term legislator, has pleaded

News 12 Staff

May 29, 2009, 11:21 PM

Updated 5,531 days ago

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A judge ruled Friday that images of Nassau Leg. Roger Corbin being carried away in handcuffs won?t prejudice a jury pool in the tax evasion case against him.
Corbin, a seven-term legislator, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He is accused of lying to federal investigators and not declaring more than $225,000 on his taxes.
Corbin sought to bar the media from using such images of him in broadcast or print reports. He and his lawyer say the images prejudice Corbin?s chance for a fair trial. Judge Arthur Spatt said in court that the jury pool for the case stretches from ?the Goethals Bridge to Montauk? and claimed that most of the people will have never heard of the case or Corbin.
Judge Spatt also said Corbin and his attorney Tom Liotti have generated much of the publicity about the case. Liotti denies that.
?All the negative publicity that we were addressing in this motion occurred before we had any press conferences or any opportunity to respond,? Liotti says.
Judge Spatt did say he was troubled by the media?s repeated use of images of Corbin in handcuffs, but says the court has ?no authority to censor the press in this matter.?
Still, Corbin says it will be hard for him to get his good name back and be trusted in the mind of the voters.


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