We've sifted through the coverage of Joe Bruno's conviction on federal corruption charges.
Here are a bunch of the quick-scan highlights...
+ Here's a breakdown of all the counts. The counts on which Bruno was found guilty are both mail fraud.
+ Said the jury forewoman, a teacher from Lansingburgh, to the TU, "It was very hard to convict him when he's done so much for the area."
+ Those two counts also involve Loudonville businessman Jared Abbruzzese:
Count 4 alleged that Bruno took $200,000 from two Abbruzzese companies for "consulting" -- though prosecutors argued this money was actually just a gift. (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. [TU] [Troy Record]
+ Sentencing is scheduled for March 31. [@timesunion]
+ As he exited the courthouse yesterday, Bruno apparently looked "pale and shaken." He said to reporters: "It's not over till it's over and I think it's far from over." [Daily Politics] [Troy Record]
+ Bruno's spokesman released a statement last night: "As many of us know, Joe Bruno is a fighter. He will battle long and hard to clear his name and reputation." [Troy Record]
+ The Supreme Court of the United States will soon be hearing cases related to the "theft of honest services" law under which Bruno was prosecuted. With that in mind, a Bruno spokesman said yesterday, "We're confident that things will look differently very soon." [NYT] [Buffalo News]
+ The NYDN's Ken Lovett: "Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno's conviction on federal corruption charges has sent a chill down the spine of pols in anything-goes Albany." [NYDN]
+ Said NYPIRG's Blair Horner of the verdict: "If it shed any light on Albany, it is a red light, because everything is for sale." [NYDN]
+ Republican state Senator Betty Little: "For the public, what they have seen would call for more accountability and more transparency and I think that we should do that." [Fox23]
+ NYO's Jimmy Vielkind writes: "For those who decried the nebulous oversight that has characterized the political culture here for so many years, there is hope for a substantive reform, finally." [NYO]
+ The NY Post's Fred Dicker writes that many officials "suggested that the conviction on just two of eight counts wouldn't result in the full-bore, game-changing outrage that a guilty verdict on all the charges could have produced." [NY Post]
+ Many local officials in the Capital Region, mindful of all the money Bruno brought to the area, were mostly supportive of Bruno after yesterday's verdict. [Troy Record]
+ Former Albany County exec Jim Coyne, who himself was convicted on corruption charges: "I just feel for Joe." [TU]
+ An East Greenbush person-on-the-street to the Record: "Yeah, [Bruno] made a little extra on the side -- but he did a lot for the local community." [Troy Record]
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