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Brooklyn Democratic Leader Found Guilty Of Violating Election Law

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Brooklyn Democratic Party leader Clarence Norman was found guilty Tuesday of mishandling campaign contributions.

The state assemblyman has been convicted on two felony counts of violating election law by taking excessive campaign donations, and two counts of falsifying business records.

The jury agreed with prosecutors that Norman tried to conceal $10,000 worth of contributions in the 2000 and 2002 Assembly primary elections. Norman's lawyers had maintained it was all an honest mistake.

Norman now could face up to four years in prison.

The felony convictions will also cost Norman his Assembly seat, and control of the Brooklyn Democratic organization.

There is no word yet on whether Norman plans to appeal the verdict.
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