Former New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Spargo has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of attempted extortion and attempted bribery for allegedly soliciting payments from a lawyer who was practicing before him in 2003. Spargo, who was removed from the bench after a state conduct commission investigation in 2006, was accused of shaking down lawyers to make contributions to a defense fund that he said he wanted to establish to fight earlier investigations by the commission.
Former N.Y. Justice Indicted on Bribery Charges
New York Law Journal
December 11, 2008