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Republican Joe Bruno - Former NY Senate Leader - Guilty of Corruption

Associated Press / DECEMBER 7, 2009, 5:17 P.M. ET
ALBANY, N.Y. — A jury convicted former New York Senate leader Joseph Bruno of two corruption counts Monday, determining that he illegally traded on his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians to enrich himself.

Mr. Bruno, 80 years old, faced eight fraud charges in a corruption trial that exposed Albany's practice of influence-peddling by lawmakers. The jury convicted Mr. Bruno of two counts of mail fraud; acquitted him of two counts of wire fraud and three counts of mail fraud; and couldn't reach a decision on another mail fraud count.

Prosecutors accused Mr. Bruno of denying New Yorkers his honest services while making $3.2 million by using his state influence. He consulted for three businessmen and solicited union pension investments from labor unions on behalf of two companies.

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Added: Dec-8-2009 
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