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Deliberations Underway at Bruno Trial

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

After three weeks of testimony that included over 500 exhibits and 70 witnesses, jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Senate Leader Joe Bruno will begin deliberations this morning. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Government lawyers compared Bruno to a schoolyard bully throwing his political weight around in his multiple business dealings as part of a scheme to defraud the public their right to honest services by elected officials.

They asked that the former Senator be convicted on all eight counts. Bruno criticized prosecutors for what he says was innuendo and a distortion of the facts.

BRUNO: And I think that's just too bad for the justice system here in the United States.

REPORTER: Defense attorney Abby Lowell accused the prosecution of throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks and asked jurors to restore this 80-year-old man's life and good name and find him not guilty of what he called mistaken charges. If convicted, Bruno could face up to 20 years in prison. In Albany, I'm Karen Dewitt.

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