NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn't on trial.
But the defense in the case of an ex-operative accused of stealing more than $1 million from the billionaire has turned the focus to him — and his money.
John Haggerty's lawyers are drawing on what is a lingering fear for some New Yorkers — that the mayor's wealth and the influence it brings has handed him too much power. As the defense questioned, when someone is that rich, can they be forced to play by the same rules as everybody else?
Bloomberg says his money has allowed him to stay above the political fray. Because he spent more than $250 million of his own money on three mayoral campaigns, he says he can make decisions unfettered by obligations to donors.