Ex-NY Sen. Bruno Wants Fraud Charges Dismissed

The 83-year-old was convicted in 2009 of honest services fraud

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    Former New York Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno

    Former New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has asked a federal judge to dismiss two fraud charges filed after his original conviction in the case was overturned.
     
    The 83-year-old was convicted in 2009 of honest services fraud. Prosecutors said he used his influence as a legislator to make money in a sideline consulting business.

    But an appeals court voided the convictions last year, citing a Supreme Court decision in another case that prosecutors must show direct bribes or kickbacks.
     
    Bruno's lawyer now says prosecutors missed a deadline for filing new charges. Attorney William Dreyer also says the indictment ``impermissibly'' broadens the scope of the original charges and presents a bribery theory prosecutors abandoned at Bruno's first trial.
     
    Trial is scheduled for February.

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