Eddie Perez: Story Archive
7:08 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
Attorneys for former Mayor Eddie A. Perez on Friday filed what is expected to be their final brief in the mayor's appeal of his criminal convictions before the case goes before a judge.
5:21 PM EST, February 19, 2013
Former Mayor Eddie A. Perez's lawyer reiterated his argument Tuesday that Perez's bribery and extortion cases should not have been combined, and that as a result the jury was unfairly prejudiced against Perez.
June 26, 2010
After a week of uncertainty about when Mayor Eddie A. Perez would resign following his conviction on corruption charges, the transition occurred Friday in the span of a minute.
June 23, 2010
When Pedro Segarra stepped off a bus in Hartford more than 30 years ago, he felt an instant connection with the city.
June 22, 2010
Mayor Eddie A. Perez was back at work at city hall Monday. He had a busy day by all accounts — but didn't resign.
January 27, 2009
My attorney has been informed by the Chief State's Attorney office that they have obtained a warrant for my arrest in connection with work done by a city contractor at my home. Seventeen months ago, I revealed the facts surrounding this situation to the public and these facts appear to be the basis for action by the Chief State's Attorney tomorrow.
12:41 PM EDT, June 18, 2010
Mayor Eddie A. Perez was found guilty this morning on five of six charges, including bribery and first-degree larceny by extortion, a felony.
June 20, 2010
And so it ends, at least for now.
10:34 PM EDT, June 18, 2010
Minutes after the city council issued a statement Friday saying that it would "take action" if Mayor Eddie A. Perez didn't decide whether to resign, Perez told council members that he would step down from his post.
10:59 AM EDT, June 18, 2010
What are the options for the city council if Mayor Eddie A. Perez is convicted of a crime, but does not resign from his elected post?
5:36 PM EDT, June 17, 2010
The jury in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption trial ended its day Thursday without returning a verdict.
8:23 PM EDT, June 16, 2010
Mayor Eddie A. Perez abused his power and hurt the people of Hartford by taking a bribe in the form of free home remodeling work and trying to extort a payoff on behalf of a political ally, the prosecutor said in his final argument Wednesday in the mayor's corruption case.
June 16, 2010
The judge and the lawyers in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption case discussed the delicate matter of how to instruct the jury on the charges of bribery, evidence fabrication, and attempted larceny by extortion that the mayor faces.
June 15, 2010
Mayor Eddie A. Perez walked with his wife, Maria, out of the courthouse Monday after four weeks of evidence in his bribery and larceny trial had ended, and was questioned by reporters about his decision not to take the stand and testify.
2:27 PM EDT, June 10, 2010
The defense today offered a reason why Mayor Eddie A. Perez may not have seen a March 5, 2007, e-mail from a developer indicating North End politician Abraham Giles was, with the mayor's knowledge, demanding $100,000 to vacate a parking lot that the developer wanted to buy.
8:45 AM EDT, June 12, 2010
Mayor Eddie A. Perez's reading ability and the screening of his e-mails continued Friday to be a focus of his corruption trial.
5:49 AM EDT, June 9, 2010
They've heard his voice on a tape secretly made by an investigator in which the prosecution asserts there are several big lies.
June 8, 2010
HARTFORD -- In a secretly recorded conversation with an investigator, Mayor Eddie A. Perez denied he ever knew that political confidant Abraham Giles was demanding a $100,000 payoff to vacate a parking lot that a developer wanted to buy.
June 5, 2010
Even in the loosely regulated, intensely political business of running parking lots in the city, Abraham Giles' no-bid deals with city hall stood out, the prosecution said Friday in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption trial.
2:25 PM EDT, June 4, 2010
Pedro Bermudez-Acevedo, a driver for Mayor Eddie A. Perez, became belligerent with police and told them to "talk to his boss" after officers informed him Wednesday that he had an invalid driver's license, according to a police report.
June 4, 2010
Pedro Bermudez-Acevedo, a driver for Mayor Eddie A. Perez, resigned following his arrest Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license, city officials said Thursday.
4:39 PM EDT, June 3, 2010
Abraham Giles was on his own when he told developers of property at Main and Trumbull streets that he had an agreement with the city to operate a parking lot at the site, the defense asserted today in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption case.
4:55 PM EDT, June 2, 2010
The jury in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption trial Wednesday was served with another challenge: what to make of the mayor's April 23, 2007, request for a criminal investigation of developer Joseph Citino, his proposed development deal at 1161 Main St., and an alleged payoff demand from North End politician Abraham Giles.
11:06 PM EDT, May 27, 2010
The prosecution in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption case says the mayor wanted North End politician Abraham Giles to be paid off to vacate a parking lot that was on a sliver of land crucial to a developer's plans for a condo and shopping center.
8:02 PM EDT, May 26, 2010
The jury in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption case got a primer on mayoral politics in 2006 and 2007 – and, as was fitting, the accounts were in dispute.
May 26, 2010
Eddie Perez Trial
Testimony in Mayor Eddie A. Perez' corruption trial was canceled Monday because an alternate juror, who is pregnant, was in a non-life threatening car accident.
May 21, 2010
Mayor Eddie A. Perez lied to an investigator at a tape-recorded meeting in June 2007 about when he paid for remodeling work done by a city contractor because he didn't want the city's lawyer, who was also in the room, to know what had happened.
May 20, 2010
Rumors began swirling in the fall of 2006 that city contractor Carlos Costa had done a significant amount of free remodeling work on Mayor Eddie A. Perez's house.
May 19, 2010
Mayor Eddie A. Perez's lawyer said he was unknowingly tape-recorded by the lead investigator in the mayor's corruption case and made a statement on the tape that might implicate him in the evidence-fabrication charge that the mayor faces.
11:23 AM EDT, May 18, 2010
Contractor Carlos Costa struggled on the witness stand today to reconcile his testimony in Mayor Eddie A. Perez' bribery trial with what he told corruption investigators and a grand jury in 2007 and 2008.
May 18, 2010
City contractor Carlos Costa said in court Monday that he did free work for two city officials in addition to Mayor Eddie A. Perez because they were in a position to help him with his problems on the troubled Park Street reconstruction project.
10:33 PM EDT, May 13, 2010
An enraged Mayor Eddie A. Perez, according to testimony in his corruption trial Thursday, dropped an F-bomb on the public works director when he found out that officials were trying to oust contractor Carlos Costa from the troubled Park Street restoration project.
May 13, 2010
Mayor Eddie Perez Corruption Trial
Jurors in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's bribery and larceny trial got their first taste Wednesday of the kind of decision they're going to have to make in the jury room about six weeks from now.
May 9, 2010
BUILDING A CASE
When law officers who were dogging Mayor Eddie A. Perez heard about a list of vehicles that were exempt from parking tickets in the city, they went after it, just as they went after thousands of other documents in an 18-month pursuit of corruption in the Perez administration.
10:39 PM EDT, May 7, 2010
Prosecutors intend to call as many as 22 witnesses in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's felony corruption trial, which begins Wednesday.
April 28, 2010
With the start of Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption trial two weeks away, the council plans to ask an independent attorney to clarify whether the city charter adequately addresses what happens when a mayor is "absent or disabled."
April 23, 2010
The final alternate juror in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption case was selected Thursday, clearing the way for a trial on bribery and larceny charges to start May 12.
April 22, 2010
A 29-year-old office manager from Simsbury was chosen Wednesday as the second alternate juror to serve on the panel that will hear the corruption case against Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez.
April 21, 2010
In the end, a judge ruled Tuesday that a Cuban American juror could remain on the panel in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption case.
April 15, 2010
With the six regular jurors now seated, the prosecution and defense in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's bribery and larceny trial need only select three alternate jurors to have a full panel.
April 12, 2010
Jury selection is scheduled to start this morning in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's bribery and larceny trial, and his lawyer has made it clear to everyone in the case that he will be looking hard at the racial makeup of the jury pool.
January 27, 2009
Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez will walk into a state police barracks this morning and surrender himself on bribery charges, a dramatic step in the corruption probe that has hung over the city and his administration for nearly two years.
January 28, 2009
Mayor Eddie A. Perez sat in his office at city hall on a late June day in 2007 and assured a pair of state criminal investigators that the rumors weren't true, that he had long ago paid in full for the $20,000 renovation at his home by city contractor Carlos Costa.
January 28, 2009
On a day that had no shortage of drama — Mayor Eddie A. Perez turning himself in to state police and holding a press conference to say he committed no crime, with bewildered citizens trying to make sense of it all — three members of the city council took advantage of the upheaval to begin an attempt to oust one of Perez's most loyal supporters from his leadership position on the council.
January 28, 2009
The breakfast meeting with Eddie Perez was about five years ago. The memory is foggy on the details. But it was at the old Hal's Diner on Main Street, and it was sometime after Perez's first election as strong mayor. He was talking about his vision for the city, and later the topic turned to the allegations against Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim, who was accused of extortion, bribery and mail fraud. Perez was adamant that he would never find himself in such a fix.
January 28, 2009
•On Feb. 20, 2005, Eddie and Maria Perez order Corian countertops, a sink and faucets from Home Depot.
February 1, 2009
He's still the mayor.
April 14, 2009
CORRUPTION CHARGES IN HARTFORD
The e-mail came to the city on a February morning in 2007.
February 3, 2007
Despite interest from the city's own parking authority, the administration of Mayor Eddie A. Perez recently awarded a potentially lucrative contract to manage a city-owned parking lot to a longtime political power broker in the city's North End.
March 2, 2007
A no-bid deal Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez gave a political power broker to run a city-owned parking lot may be sweeter than previously thought.
April 21, 2007
Exit Fee Hefty, Murky
A Hartford politico who last year got a no-bid contract to run a city-owned parking lot was poised to walk away with a $100,000 fee had another city-owned lot he manages been sold, according to documents on file with the city.
April 27, 2007
A developer says that he offered to pay political boss Abraham Giles $100,000 to vacate a downtown parking lot after being told by Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez that Giles needed to be taken care of to make a real estate deal happen.
June 18, 2007
North End political boss Abraham L. Giles doesn't make money from the city just by running parking lots.
August 28, 2007
The city paid nearly $10,000 to cart away tons of trash from the privately owned warehouse of a political power broker who has been at the center of several questionable deals involving the administration of Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez.
February 27, 2008
State criminal investigators probing possible political corruption at Hartford city hall have asked for payment records related to the city's $1 billion school construction program - the first evidence of a connection between the investigation and the project.
December 7, 2008
D. Anwar Al-Ghani was one of six people who unanimously picked a Kansas company in 2001 to oversee Hartford's massive school construction project.
December 26, 2008
Urban League Inquiry
Members of the Urban League of Greater Hartford's board of directors are looking into a $15,000 consulting fee paid to the league's president by the company managing the city's massive school construction project.
June 10, 2009
A state judge denied Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez's motion to dismiss the charges against him Tuesday morning, telling his attorney that he had not met his burden of proof.
July 29, 2009
The judge investigating allegations of corruption in the administration of Mayor Eddie A. Perez has found sufficient evidence that another person committed two crimes, according to a letter filed with the courts Tuesday.
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