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Jury acquits ex-NY State Senate leader of fraud

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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 Senator 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 and Albany-area businessman.

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

The 85-year-old Bruno didn’t testify, but had denied any wrongdoing.

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

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