Stormin' on Norman
September 28th, 2005

The day after his apparent fall from power (with the emphasis on apparent), Clarence Norman will find little solace on the city’s editorial pages, which cheered the Brooklyn jury’s decision. Noting that Norman faces more serious charges, The Daily News called for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to “keep up the heat” to get the longtime Democratic Party boss to come clean “Turning state’s evidence …will be his only way out,” the paper says. “The No. 1 question will be: What does it cost to buy a judgeship in Brooklyn? And No. 2: Who paid?”

The Sun — which boasts that reporting by the late Jack Newfield in its pages helped seal Norman’s fate — agrees and sees the verdict as a defeat for a laundry list of Brooklyn politicians who had appeared at a pep rally for Norman “where it was alleged that the charges … were motivated by racism.”

Calling the conviction “one of the more stunning political corruption results in recent memory,” the Post tempers its own optimism. It should end Norman’s career, of course, the paper says, adding parenthetically “Though given the vagaries of city politics — who knows? — it may give him enough of a boost to run for higher office.”

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