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Judge sets trial terms for ex-leader of NY Senate

Created: 05/01/2014 4:30 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

A federal judge has agreed to shorten the daily schedule for retired state Sen. Joe Bruno's second fraud trial unless the ex-Senate leader uses the extra time for press conferences on the courthouse steps.

U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe is conditionally accepting a request to convene from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for medical reasons.  The 84-year-old Bruno had cancer surgery last year.

Sharpe, who presided at Bruno's first trial, cautions defense lawyers that if Bruno holds 9 a.m. press conferences, they'll go back to the usual 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule.

During his first trial, Bruno talked to reporters during court recesses, saying he was innocent.

A jury acquitted him of five charges and convicted him of two that were overturned on appeal.

The new trial starts Monday.





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