Sticky Fingers Clarence Norman

The sticky-fingered Clarence Norman faced four charges in 2003 related to his conduct as an Assemblymember and head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, all brought by the Borough’s District Attorney, Charles Hynes. The indictment resulted from an investigation originally targeted at a Norman ally, Judge Gerald Garson, who was indicted and convicted separately.

Hynes said that Norman had double-charged the State Assembly and the Kings County Democratic Committee for travel expenses from 1999-2002, a felony. He also charged Norman with stealing a $5,000 campaign contribution for his own use in 2001 and receiving illegal campaign contributions totaling more than $7,000 in 2000 and 2002. The investigation originally had focused on the alleged sale of judgeships in Brooklyn.

As it turns out, campaign money is for campaigning. Who’da thunk?

Norman led the Brooklyn party for 15 years and held his Assembly seat for 11 terms, from 1983 to 2005.

After separate trials in 2005 and 2007, Norman was convicted of three of four charges. He was sentenced to serve three to nine years in state prison.