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Victor Barron

Victor Barron

Victor Barron, who was elected to the Supreme Court in 1998, was caught on videotape in his chambers accepting $18,000 in marked bills. He was indicted for bribery in January, 2002, and pleaded guilty to receiving the $18,000 bribe and demanding an additional sum of $115,000 from a plaintiff's attorney during a hearing on a multi-million dollar injury case. Barron accepted a plea bargain offered by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, hence, according to the Brooklyn Papers newspaper, avoiding a potentially long trial, which likely would have gone much further in exposing the deepest roots of the borough's judicial and political corruption. In October, 2002, Barron was sentenced to a term of three to nine years in prison, which is the longest prison sentence ever imposed on a judge in New York State. However, he will still receive his $97,000 a year pension while incarcerated.
Gerald Garson