Feds deny effort to "manufacture" case against Liu - New York News

Feds deny effort to "manufacture" case against Liu

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NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors have rejected claims that authorities tried to pressure a former fundraiser for New York City's comptroller into helping "manufacture" a case against the comptroller.

The U.S. Attorney's office filed papers in Manhattan federal court Wednesday. It offered a defense of the tactics used in the probe that's led to the indictments of the former fundraiser, Xing Wu Pan, and an ex-campaign treasurer for John Liu.

The New York Times says both defendants declined to comment on the government's filing.

They have both pleaded not guilty.

Last month, Pan's lawyers asked a judge to dismiss charges against him based on "outrageous" conduct by the government.

The government asked the judge to deny the motion to dismiss the charges.

Liu, a potential mayoral candidate, hasn't been charged with wrongdoing.

Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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