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Bruno request for mistrial denied

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The judge overseeing former state Senate leader Joseph Bruno's federal court corruption trial denied a defense request for a mistrial late today. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe ruled immediately from the bench on a motion to end Bruno's trial immediately, because prosecutors have repeatedly introduced evidence about campaign contributions by Jared Abbruzzese, the businessman Bruno is accused of accepting bribes from. The defense raised objections last week when there was testimony about ...

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May 12, 2014
9:31 p.m.

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I don't know whether Bruno is guilty or not. He has been defiant of the judge's gag order. I am willing to bet that at the end of the trial, judge Sharpe who has probably been keeping score will hand out perhaps 10 day jail sentences to Bruno for each violation. Bruno does not know when to keep his mouth shut. I will say though that the judge is a bit on the arrogant side. A disposition that has no place in the judicial system.