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.