Corruption: A Different Kind of Payoff

A Different Kind of Payoff

The trial involved payoffs in an obscure New York City agency, but the cast of characters and sordid details made for great drama. Here was Donald Manes, borough president of Queens and a powerful Democratic Party boss who killed himself by thrusting a kitchen knife into his chest last March just as the inquiry got under way. Here was Bronx Democratic Leader Stanley Friedman, an equally mighty politico who was accused of bribing Manes to arrange a city contract with a company in which Friedman held stock. The case pitted Manhattan U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, a prosecutor with political ambitions, against...

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