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.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

What's new? Apartments.

It seems like every month or so there's an announcement of some new apartment project around the Capital Region. And, as it turns out, the... (more)

An alternate political reality

Over at Vox, Matthew Yglesias imagines an alternate universe in which Kirsten Gillbrand is the Democratic presidential nominee, not Hillary Clinton -- and KG has... (more)

Suggestions for a tile installer (including one who might not mind an assistant)?

Jessica emails: I'm looking for a tile contractor to do a small kitchen (16x16') and bathroom in Troy. I have the tile picked out, but... (more)

53 different languages

Two bits from an interesting article by Bethany Bump over at the Times Union about an Albany school district summer program aimed at helping immigrant... (more)

The Weebermobile

Cars are so ubiquitous and ingrained in our culture now that it's hard to imagine a time when they were a new technology -- something... (more)

Recent Comments

... If anything, the city could be criticized for NOT influencing the construction or requirements to construct affordable housing into larger market rate projects. Take that one step further - affordable housing requirements on development aren't even considered as part of the city's first comprehensive zoning code overhaul since 1968.

A few bits about a planned new Albany Med building, new residential construction, and other projects around Albany

...has 5 comments, most recently from Jane

The first group of Park South redevelopment apartments are renting -- and there's a Chipotle going in there

...has 24 comments, most recently from Herbert

The oldest house in Saratoga Springs

...has 6 comments, most recently from Ruth Ann Messick

Suggestions for a tile installer (including one who might not mind an assistant)?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Jamie

Capital Region property tax rates

...has 14 comments, most recently from Tony