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The Latest: Lawyer says bridge defendant unbelievably happy

The Latest: Lawyer says bridge defendant unbelievably happy

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court agreeing to hear an appeal involving two people convicted in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal (all times local):

11 a.m.

The attorney for a defendant in the so-called Bridgegate scandal says the convicted felon is "unbelievably happy" the Supreme Court has agreed to hear her appeal.

Michael Critchley tells NJ.com that he had tears in his eyes Friday when he told Bridget Kelly of the court's decision.

He says she's "unbelievably happy" and added that to say they're excited is an understatement.

Kelly was set to report for her 13-month sentence July 10.

She was convicted in 2016 on fraud and civil rights violations for realigning the lanes to the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey and New York as part of a political payback scheme.

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9:43 a.m.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal involving two people convicted in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" scandal.

The justices said Friday they would hear a case in the fall involving Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni. They were convicted in 2016 of fraud and civil rights violations for realigning the lanes to the George Washington Bridge without telling local officials. The realignment was done to punish Fort Lee's Democratic mayor for not endorsing Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

An appeals court threw out their civil rights convictions last fall but upheld the fraud counts.

Kelly was Christie's deputy chief of staff. Baroni was deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


Updated : 2021-04-20 11:10 GMT+08:00