Could Bruno Still Walk? Top US Court Rulings Call Case Into Question

Thursday, Jun 24, 2010  |  Updated 1:01 PM EDT
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Could Bruno Still Walk? Top US Court Rulings Call Case Into Question

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Bruno may get off yet.

U.S. Supreme Court rulings rejecting convictions for "honest services'' fraud are expected to affect the case of former New York Senate leader Joseph Bruno, who's facing two years in prison under the same federal statute.

U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe, who presided at Bruno's trial last year, has said he would review the top court rulings and call defense lawyers and prosecutors back to court.

Defense attorney William Dreyer says he'll meet with prosecutors as soon as possible and seek a meeting with the judge.

In one of three rulings Thursday, the Supreme Court limited the statute, but said prosecutors may seek honest services fraud convictions in cases where they present evidence of bribes or kickbacks.

Bruno was convicted of denying New Yorkers his honest services by making money through a sideline consulting business.

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