Court appearances continued today in the wide-ranging corruption probe that has netted 44 people in New York and New Jersey, including several elected officials and religious leaders. New Jersey Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith appeared in handcuffs today before a federal judge in Newark, who ordered him released on a $100,000 bond. The Jersey City Democrat stands accused of accepting bribes in exchange for approving building projects.
Bail was set much higher for many others facing money laundering charges after prosecutors argued that the mostly Orthodox Jewish defendants were flight risks, citing their strong ties to Israel.
The judge also ordered several of them to wear electronic monitoring devices.