A federal judge today set Feb. 4 as the retrial date for former Senate Republican Leader Joseph Bruno, the Associated Press is reporting.
“This case is going to get tried in the courtroom, not the press,” Sharpe said, according to the AP story. “Same rules as last time.”
Here’s more of the report:
Sharpe acknowledged that Bruno himself held daily press conferences on the courthouse steps during the 2009 trial to say he was innocent while his lawyers stood quietly by. “I know what I can control and what I can’t,” the judge said.
The retired 83-year-old Bruno was convicted on two counts of so-called honest services fraud, under a general theory he used his influence to make money in his sideline consulting business, depriving taxpayers of his honest services. He was acquitted of five charges, and the jury was unable to decide on another count after the monthlong trial.
Sharpe sentenced Bruno to two years in prison, but he remained free pending appeal. An appeals court last year dismissed the convictions, citing a Supreme Court ruling in another case that prosecutors must show direct bribes or kickbacks.