Jury acquits ex-New York state Senate leader of fraud
Former state Senator Joseph Bruno, left, and his son Ken Bruno walk away from the federal courthouse after a jury found him not guilty of federal fraud charges on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Bruno was accused of accepting $360,000 in consulting fees in monthly installments in 2004-2005, plus $80,000 for his share in a worthless racehorse, from Abbruzzese in return for helping his businesses with state grants and advancing his interest in New York’s thoroughbred racing. Mike Groll/The Associated Press
Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 12:01 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. — The former leader of the New York state Senate was acquitted Friday of federal fraud charges, ending a nearly nine-year corruption investigation after four hours of jury deliberations.
Retired Sen. Joe Bruno, 85, quietly thanked his lawyers, family and friends, who surrounded him with hugs and handshakes. When the verdicts were read, their initial claps and cheers caused Judge Gary Sharpe to ask for decorum.
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