NEW YORK (AP) — A January trial date has been set for former New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin to face charges that he traded his clout as a state senator for campaign contributions. The Jan. 23 date was set by U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan during a Thursday hearing. Benjamin’s lawyer, Barry Berke, told Oetken he thinks there will be no trial because he’ll prove prosecutors overreached by charging Benjamin last month. His arrest spoiled the Democrat’s plans to join New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, another Democrat, in her campaign for governor. Benjamin resigned after pleading not guilty on the day of his arrest.
Photo: FILE – Former New York Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin leaves a hearing in federal court on Monday, April. 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)