A former Hartford mayor convicted of corruption had his appeal heard by Connecticut’s highest court on Tuesday.
Eddie Perez was convicted of extortion and bribery charges back in 2010. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
Since then, he successfully appealed some of his convictions after making arguments that two separate cases were rolled into his one trial.
According to court officials, one case involved a city contractor doing work at his home. The other involved extorting a contractor who wanted to develop property in the capital city.
A state appellate court sided with Perez.
Perez's attorney said in the bribery case, jurors heard Perez admit he lied, and feels that tainted him on the extortion case. However, state prosecutors appealed that decision.
"This was a high profile defendant in a political position who was tainted as long as these charges were pending. Now, granted you had to put entire trial off a little bit so (Hubert) Santos could go through discovery, but then you got it over all at once," said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Harry Weller.
Perez, who was facing three years, now waits again, challenging the state's position that one trial was best.
"Of course we disagreed with that, we thought that ended up with Mr. Perez defending himself with one arm tied behind his back," said Perez's attorney Hubert Santos.
This time, Perez has two options: the Supreme Court could grant two trials, or the case could go back to the appeals court.
A decision from the Supreme Court could take weeks, even months.
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