Jury selection begins for ex-Sen. Bryant's trial

September 8, 2008 8:44:06 AM PDT
Jury selection is under way in the criminal trial of a man who was once one of New Jersey's most powerful lawmakers. Former state Sen. Wayne Bryant is facing charges that he got jobs with two public agencies to boost his state pension. Prosecutors say little or no work was required for his positions with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the Gloucester County Board of Social Services.

The 60-year-old lawmaker from Camden County retired from politics this year after a career that included a stint as the chairman of the state Senate budget committee.

Jury selection began Monday morning in federal court in Trenton. Opening statements by prosecution and defense lawyers could take place later this week.


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