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Bruno not guilty

Jury delivers quick verdict following 2-week trial

A jury has found Joe Bruno, an 85-year-old former majority leader of the New York State Senate, not guilty on a two-count indictment. Here he gets a hug from Kimberly Jones, wife of Bruno attorney E. Stewart Jones, at Jack's Oyster House, across from the federal courthouse in Albany.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
A jury has found Joe Bruno, an 85-year-old former majority leader of the New York State Senate, not guilty on a two-count indictment. Here he gets a hug from Kimberly Jones, wife of Bruno attorney E. Stewart Jones, at Jack's Oyster House, across from the federal courthouse in Albany.
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At Jack’s Oyster House early Friday afternoon, Joe Bruno was again the practiced politician, working the room the way he has for more than 40 years. Family and friends surrounded and embraced the former powerful state Senate leader in the afterglow of his unexpectedly quick acquittal on felony charges that he accepting $360,000 in bribes from businessman Jared Abbruzzese nearly a decade ago. “It’s hard to describe the feeling when the United States of America ...


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comanche
May 16, 2014
12:48 p.m.

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Good for you Joe! Maybe they will think twice before persecuting anyone they don't like!

wmarincic
May 16, 2014
2:59 p.m.

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Witch Hunt and a waste of taxpayer money.

akinowski
May 16, 2014
3:11 p.m.

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Proof you can't take a good man down. Enjoy life Joe.

vdiecb36
May 16, 2014
3:14 p.m.

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Another example of how our legislators write laws to make sure they can't be convicted for their improper conduct. This is another example of hubris and personal dealing. Clearly a use of public office for personal gain. He took credit for helping local communities with their own money. Shame.

cracker
May 16, 2014
5:50 p.m.

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With the all of the legislature up for re-election this year, we should consider voting for those who agree to pass legislation that would eliminate any possibility of what Senator Joe was on trial for. If they get in office and don't pass such legislation they will be a 1 term representitive.

cracker
May 16, 2014
5:52 p.m.

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By eliminating, I mean make it impossible to get involved in such schemes.

birmy
May 16, 2014
7:43 p.m.

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Joe was a sympathetic character in that he was 85 years old and did shovel tons of money to Upstate as opposed to downstate. I think most people would agree that having a consulting arrangement with a company that you are awarding millions of dollars of grants to is a huge conflict of interest. Why not make it illegal to have an outside income EVEN IF YOU ARE A LAWYER which Bruno wasn't and raise legislator pay 20K to a base of $99,500? Anyone ready to talk loopholes?

1lester2
May 16, 2014
11:12 p.m.

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Why did people throw $100,000s at Joe Bruno unless they expected something in return ?? Get you heads out of the sand ! It's another example showing that "Conflict of interest" and "Lack of ethics" are the by-words of Albany politics.

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