Trial Begins for Former Spring Valley Mayor

Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin was seen in court on Monday, the first day of her non-jury trial. Jasmin is charged with allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for her political influence, including approving a catering hall on village property for 50% of the business, and faces charges of extortion and wire fraud. On Monday the defense portrayed their client as a victim, claiming that she was enticed into situations by FBI cooperating witness Moses Stern, who was working with the agency after being arrested for his own extortion charges. Prosecution called an undercover FBI agent who posed as a developer seeking a bid from the village to the stand, where he testified that the former mayor met with him during the investigation to tell him what to say before the board of trustees. The trial continues before Judge Colleen McMahon Tuesday morning.

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