Eddie A. Perez

Judge Hears Arguments In Ex-Hartford Mayor Perez's Motion To Dismiss Charges

Judge Hears Arguments In Ex-Hartford Mayor Perez's Motion To Dismiss Charges

A Superior Court judge Tuesday said she will likely decide by next week whether to dismiss extortion and bribery charges against former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez based on a novel legal interpretation of the double-jeopardy law.

In court papers, defense attorneys Hubert Santos and Trent LaLima are asking the court to dismiss the charges completely rather than order a new trial based on the fact the state Supreme Court, in reversing five convictions against the former mayor, ruled that his right to testify was infringed when the lower court combined his two cases into one trial.

"Under these circumstances the Defendant is entitled to...

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