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Bridgeport Developer Argues Case In Supreme Court

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Supreme Court has heard the case of a real estate developer who claims he lost a major waterfront project in Bridgeport because of former Mayor Joseph Ganim’s corruption.

Fairfield resident Alex Conroy alleges his company lost a contract with the city in 2001 to develop the Steel Point area, after he refused to pay bribes and kickbacks to Ganim and his associates.

Conroy’s lawyer told the high court on Tuesday that Ganim’s illegal activities violated state antitrust laws by stifling competition for commercial development in the city. He is appealing the dismissal of his antitrust claims by lower courts.

The Supreme Court didn’t rule Tuesday.

Ganim served nearly seven years in prison for corruption while in office and was released last year. He denies Conroy’s allegations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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