Acquitted Ex-Senate Chief Demands Lawyer Fees

ALBANY (AP) -

The former leader of New York’s Senate, acquitted of federal fraud charges last week, said Monday he’ll ask the state to pay his legal bills.

Retired Sen. Joe Bruno said two trials and appeals cost him more than $4 million. He was accused of taking bribes to direct state grants to help a businessman. State law authorizes reimbursement of “reasonable” attorneys’ fees for officials acquitted of criminal wrongdoing while acting within the scope of their jobs or duties.

“I want what’s legally due me,” said Bruno, 85. “And I don’t want to fight about it. I hope they don’t make this partisan or political.”

Bruno suggested federal prosecutors spent $25 million.