A federal judge declared a mistrial today in the corruption case involving former Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, D-Queens.
The judge had been contemplating calling a mistrial for several days after the unexpected introduction by prosecutors of hours of tape recordings in Yiddish involving an alleged complex scheme to get Smith the Republican line for New York City mayor last year. The mistrial also applied to former Queens GOP Leader Vincent Tabone.
Their retrial is set for Jan. 5, the Associated Press reported.
Former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran is due back in court next week because he agreed to have his case go forward.
Smith has missed session because of the trial, but he may be back in Albany now for the final days of the legislative session, which ends Thursday.
Smith had initially sought to delay the trial until after his re-election bid this fall.