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Former Mayor Wins New Trial

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Eddie Perez (Michael McAndrews/AP Photo/Pool)

Eddie Perez (Michael McAndrews/AP Photo/Pool)

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Bribery and extortion convictions of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez have been set aside in a ruling isued today.

The state Appellate Court ordered two new trials for former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez.  The former city leader appealed his conviction on corruption charges.

The appeallate court found that there was enough evidence to sustain Perez’s conviction.  But the appeals court found a mistake was made, when two sets of corruption charges against the mayor were combined into a single trial.

One of the cases focused on allegations that the mayor took a bribe.  In the other case, Perez was accused of extorting a city developer.

The former mayor was represented by Hubert Santos, the same attorney who recently won a new trial in a separate high-profile appeal, that of Michael Skakel.

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