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Fri May 16, 2014

Former NYS Senate Majority Leader Bruno Found Not Guilty Of Fraud Charges

Credit wnyc.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The former leader of the New York state Senate has been found not guilty of federal fraud charges.

A jury announced the verdict in retired Sen. Joe Bruno's case on Friday, the second day of deliberations in Albany 

In closing statements, prosecutors and defense attorneys had accused each other of using half-truths and misrepresenting the testimony about Bruno and his dealings with businessman Jared Abbruzzese.

Prosecutors said Bruno did no actual work for consulting payments while directing state grants to one of Abbruzzese's companies. 

The 85-year-old Bruno didn't testify, but had denied any wrongdoing. Abbruzzese testified that the payments weren't bribes. 

The Rensselaer County Republican led the Senate's majority for 14 years before stepping down in 2008.