The jury trial for a former Monroe County Equal Employment Opportunity Commission manager continues in Buffalo.
Reverend Ronald House is accused of six counts of obstructing justice and one count of making a false statement.
It's alleged that House accepted money from defendants convicted of federal crimes, and in exchange, allegedly promised to get them more lenient sentences.
The court paperwork says in one case a defendant gave House "donations" to his church totaling $5,000. House then allegedly received letters of support from a New York Senator and an assistant to the mayor of Rochester, requesting a judge's leniency because the defendant cooperated in other cases.
The trial began Monday and is expected to last for two weeks. If convicted, House faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.