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Trial begins for ex-prosecutor accused of bribing NYPD.

A former Brooklyn prosecutor forked over thousands of dollars in bribes to get NYPD gun permits for New Yorkers who should not have had them, including people with records of domestic disputes, anger issues and DWI raps, prosecutors said in opening statements Monday. “He had the power to get guns back for people who shouldn’t...
Time: 20:17     Date: 16.04.2018
Metro News: Trial begins for ex-prosecutor accused of bribing NYPD. NY Post 24 - US News

“He had the power to get guns back for people who shouldn’t have them,” prosecutor Alex Rossmiller said of defendant John Chambers, a self-described gun lawyer to the stars.

He is one of seven people charged in a probe that has shaken up the NYPD’s gun licensing division — but the first to take his case to trial.

“You’ll learn that in New York City it’s hard to get a gun license and it’s pretty damn near impossible to get a handgun if you have a criminal history,” Rossmiller told the jury.

But Chambers had an inside man in the form of David Villanueva — a supervisor in the NYPD’s gun licensing division, Rossmiller told the jury.

Chambers showered Villanueva, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors, with lavish gifts, including diamond-studded watch, $1,000 hidden magazines, and a $500 gift card, Rossmiller tsaid.

Rossmiller said one client called Chambers’ services a “miracle” after the lawyer gave a diamond studded watch to Villanueva in exchange for help with the client’s gun permit.

“It wasn’t a miracle, it was a bribe,” Rossmiller said, adding that the client was a high-end watch collector and dealer under investigation for beating his wife.

Chambers’ lawyer admitted that his client gave Villanueva gifts, but said he did it out of friendship — and to help out a father of two living on a police salary.

“There was no quid pro quo, there was no exchange. There was no expectation,” said Chambers’ defense lawyer Steven Brounstein.

The trial is expected to last one week.

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Metro

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