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Court: Ex-NY Senate leader can face trial

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court says former New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno can be tried on two counts of mail fraud despite his claims it would constitute double jeopardy.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said Tuesday that a lower court was right to deny Bruno’s request to drop the charges.

The same appeals court previously tossed out Bruno’s December 2009 mail-fraud conviction. That jury had acquitted Bruno of five other counts and failed to reach a verdict on another.

The latest charges relate to allegations that Bruno failed to disclose conflicts of interest while serving as a state senator.

A message left with a lawyer for Bruno was not immediately returned.