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New Bruno Trial Stalled

A second corruption trial against former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno encounters a delay...  more from WAMC's Dave Lucas

Chief United States District Court Judge Gary Sharpe has adjourned a Feb. 4 trial date - the Albany Times Union reports he did so because the 83-year old Bruno's attorneys are making a "double jeopardy" appeal

Bruno lawyer E. Stewart Jones Jr. told the newspaper that by appealing, the former senator from Brunswick won't have his case tried before May and perhaps as late as June, unless the matter is dismissed.

Bruno was charged with eight felony counts of fraud in January 2008. A jury convicted him in December 2009 of two charges. Jurors were hung on a third, and found Bruno not guilty on five others. Judge Sharpe sentenced Bruno in 2010 to serve two years in prison - but a federal ruling resulted in the convictions being dismissed.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.