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Jury acquits ex-New York state Senate leader of fraud

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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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