Placards displaying committee assignments were removed from Sen. John Sampson's office at the Legislative Office Building on Monday, May 6, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. The once-powerful state senator ... more 
Placards displaying committee assignments were removed from Sen. John Sampson's office at the Legislative Office Building on Monday, May 6, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. The once-powerful state senator brazenly tried to short-circuit a federal fraud investigation of his law practice by seeking inside information from an employee of the Brooklyn U.S. attorney's office, prosecutors said Monday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Mike Groll
Mon, May 6, 2013 5:22 PM EDT