But in case you’re interested: The Third US Circuit Court of Appeals this week rejected Wayne Bryant’s appeal of his conviction on mail fraud and bribery.
So, the system does work.
For those of you who need a refresher, or cannot wait for the publication of “The Soprano State: The Sequel”: Waaay back in 2008, Bryant was paid by University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden for a “low show” job as a ‘thank you’ for Bryant maneuvering millions in state funds to the school.
Bryant served as Chairman of the Senate’s Budget and Appropriations Committee back then.
And if a “low-show” job was not enough, the trial court determined that Bryant also had a “no-show” job to help pump up his pension benefits, this one for the Gloucester County Board of Social Services.
New Jersey math: One “low-show job” + One “no-show job” prison time.
But, Bryant appealed that NJ math result, arguing “that prosecutors violated their due process rights by interfering with their pretrial access to potential witnesses…and that the jury instructions were defective.”
The Third Circuit judges rejected Bryant’s appeal, and he stays put in federal prison.
So, it goes.