Joe Bruno guilty on two counts

joe_bruno.jpgThe jury in the Joe Bruno case has found him guilty on two counts, not guilty on five and they're stuck on one of the counts. [@WNYT]

Here's a list of the counts. [CBS6]

The jury found Bruno guilty on counts 4 and 8 in the indictment (here's the TU's plain English description of the counts).

Those counts both involve Loudonville businessman Jared Abbruzzese:

  • Count 4 alleged that Bruno, as "part of the scheme and artifice to defraud" the public of his honest services, took $200,000 from two Abbruzzese companies for "consulting." (indictment page 23)
  • Count 8 alleged that Bruno, through his Mountain View Farm, sold a virtually worthless horse to Abbruzzese for $80,000 -- prosecutors argued the sale was compensation for a canceled consulting contract between Bruno and an another telecommunications company with which Abbruzzese was involved. (indictment page 24)

Abbruzzese testified during the trial -- under an immunity agreement -- that he had brought in Bruno for the state senator's contacts and "aura." He admitted to buying the horse from Bruno in order to settle a "moral obligation" regarding the canceled consulting contract. (He also said that Bruno introduced him to Donald Trump.) [TU] [Troy Record] [NYDN]

Each count carries a maximum 20 year sentence and fines up to $250k. Sentencing is scheduled for March 31. [DOJ/TPM] [@timesunion]

NYDN reports that Bruno left the federal courthouse in downtown Albany "looking pale and shaken" -- and told reporters "I think it's far from over." [NYDN]

Comments

Looks like Christmas came early this year for Eliot Spitzer.


5:2:1!?!? Didn't this jury look at New York state politics? It should have been at least 1:1:6 to be as dysfunctional as the senate.

I have to admit, I haven't really been paying close attention to this. So what happens now? Will he just have to pay a fine or will he be spending the next few years making license plates? When will sentencing be? Do they know?

I'm betting on a fine, probation and community service - Joe's an old dude.

Ah, nice. Thanks.

BTW @Jackers, 99% sure Sptizer is Jewish.

ES parents were Jewish (Austria). However, Eliot never had a Bar Mitzvah which is Aramaic for "to whom the Commandments apply". Maybe Mr. E should have had a Bar Mitzvah and he would be the Gov today.

Mrs M, I knew as soon as I posted someone was going to say that. I stand to my statement though. ES probably spent yesterday afternoon singing Joy to the World and dancing around his townhouse in his socks.

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