Henry “Hank” Morris, the former chief political adviser to Alan Hevesi, the former New York state comptroller, won dismissal of 13 of the 90 charges against him stemming from a probe of the state’s pension fund.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo accused Mr. Morris of corrupting the investment process at the pension fund to favor deals that would benefit him, his associates and contributors to Mr. Hevesi’s campaign.
Mr. Hevesi hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing in the case.
Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone in Manhattan on Thursday threw out counts including grand larceny, falsifying documents and scheme to defraud.
Mr. Morris is at the center of Mr. Cuomo’s investigation of corruption at the $132.6 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany. Six people have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the probe, including David Loglisci, former chief investment officer at the pension fund.
Fifteen firms have settled and agreed to a code of conduct drafted by Mr. Cuomo that bans placement agents from obtaining investments from public pension funds and limits campaign contributions to those with the power to assign investment business.