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Third time is no charm for disgraced pol

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Three strikes and he’s really out.

Disgraced former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman was convicted last week of grand larceny — the third conviction in 18 months for the former Assemblyman, who vowed to appeal, yet admitted that he was finally out of politics.

“I’m out,” he told reporters outside Brooklyn Supreme Court after he was released pending appeal. “No politics for me. That’s in the past tense.”

Norman was convicted in what prosecutors called a scheme to shake down a judicial candidate — a corruption verdict that follows earlier convictions for stealing $5,000 from a campaign committee, and for trying to conceal $10,000 in contributions.

He could face up to seven years at his April 16 sentencing on the latest conviction for extorting $10,000 from the candidate, Karen Yellen, prosecutors said.

But Norman, 55, wasn’t apologizing.

“I feel at the end of the day, I’ll be vindicated,’’ he said.

So does his prosecutor, Michael Vecchione.

“This case was about money and about stealing money, and the jury agreed with us,” he said.

The jury was swayed by testimony from Yellen, a civil court candidate in 2002, who said Norman demanded that she hire his favored consultant for what prosecutors called a shady get-out-the-vote effort that lined the pockets of Norman associates.

The Norman conquest is part of a wide-ranging probe by District Attorney Charles Hynes into whether Norman and other party leaders sold judgeships in Brooklyn.

Updated 4:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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