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Former New York Senate leader goes on trial for second time on fraud charges

Former New York Senate leader goes on trial for second time on fraud charges

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The second trial of the former Republican leader of New York’s Senate on federal fraud charges has started in Albany.

A jury was seated Monday before the prosecution and defense attorneys made opening statements in the trial of Joseph Bruno, the former Senate majority leader charged with two counts of mail fraud.

Bruno’s first prosecution ended with the 85-year-old Rensselaer County resident acquitted of five charges and convicted of two that were overturned on appeal.

Those two refiled charges focus on about $400,000 prosecutors say Bruno received from a businessman. Bruno stepped down in 2008, six months before he was indicted.

He tells reporters he’s tired of the prosecution and wants to get it behind him.

U.S. Judge Gary Sharpe says he expects the trial to last about two weeks.

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