The former Senate Majority Leader had been staring at prison after being convicted on two counts under the so-called "honest services" statute of federal law. But the Supremes ruled that the "honest services" statute applies only to bribery and kickbacks and not, as in Bruno's case, to hidden conflicts of interest.More >>
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. attorney who convicted former New York Senate leader Joseph Bruno on corruption charges says the once-powerful Republican will likely face jail time.
Andrew Baxter tells The Daily News that he'll recommend the 80-year-old Bruno get prison time after being convicted of two counts mail fraud. The prosecutor also says he's considering whether to seek $280,000 from Bruno related to payments he received from a businessman for consulting work Bruno never performed.
Bruno, who led the Senate for 14 years, was convicted Dec. 7.
Bruno spokesman Kris Thompson says the ex-senator is going to let the legal process play out.
Prosecutors say Bruno used his position to reap $3.2 million in consulting fees and failed to disclose his conflicts of interest.
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