Corruption jury to hear senator's entrapment claim

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Photo - FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file photo State Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, leaves federal court in White Plains, N.Y.   Accused of trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, Smith says he didn't do it - and if he did, he was lured into it by federal agents. His trial begins this week in White Plains, in the midst of his re-election campaign in Queens. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file photo State Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, leaves federal court in White Plains, N.Y. Accused of trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, Smith says he didn't do it - and if he did, he was lured into it by federal agents. His trial begins this week in White Plains, in the midst of his re-election campaign in Queens. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A state senator accused of trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot says he was lured into it.

Democratic Sen. Malcolm Smith's corruption trial begins this week in White Plains. He is running for re-election in Queens.

His co-defendants are former City Councilman Daniel Halloran and Vincent Tabone, who was vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party.

Halloran has asked the judge to let him use an insanity defense, citing brain surgery in 2012.

Smith is accused of scheming to bribe the city's Republican leaders for their approval to run as the GOP candidate in last year's mayoral race.

Prosecutors say more than $100,000 changed hands.

Smith's attorney said last week that Smith will claim entrapment and deny he authorized bribes.

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