New Bruno Trial Stalled

Dec 21, 2012

A second corruption trial against former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno encounters a delay...  more from WAMC's Dave Lucas

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Chief United States District Court Judge Gary Sharpe has adjourned a Feb. 4 trial date - the Albany Times Union reports he did so because the 83-year old Bruno's attorneys are making a "double jeopardy" appeal

Bruno lawyer E. Stewart Jones Jr. told the newspaper that by appealing, the former senator from Brunswick won't have his case tried before May and perhaps as late as June, unless the matter is dismissed.

Bruno was charged with eight felony counts of fraud in January 2008. A jury convicted him in December 2009 of two charges. Jurors were hung on a third, and found Bruno not guilty on five others. Judge Sharpe sentenced Bruno in 2010 to serve two years in prison - but a federal ruling resulted in the convictions being dismissed.

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