Joe Bruno: Guilty As Charged

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A jury has found former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno guilty on two of eight counts of felony corruption charges, the DN’s Glenn Blain reports.

Both of the counts are in connection with Bruno’s relationship with businessman Jared Abbruzzese. They are:

Count 4: From March 2004 through November 2004 Bruno or his consulting firm received 11 payments from companies controlled by Jared E. Abbruzzese of Loudonville. Bruno allegedly did not perform legitimate work for the Abbruzzese companies, Communication Technology Advisors LLC and Capital & Technology Advisors LLC, and the payments were in effect gifts.

And…

Count 8: Bruno failed to disclose his participation through Mountain View Farm in a partnership with Abbruzzese involving thoroughbred race horses. The charge alleges Bruno received a check from Abbruzzese’s company, Bazaguma LLC, on Nov. 17, 2005.

He was acquitted on five other charges. The jury could not reach a decision on one charge, which is Count #3 from the above link.

Sentencing is set for March 31 at 9 a.m. (The 2010-2011 budget is due April 1, Blain notes). Both counts carry sentences of up to 20 years.

Merry Christmas, Joe. Perhaps this will be [one of the] catalyst[s] needed to get other Albany power players in line with the law AND the interest of the people of New York.

Via Liz B @ Daily News