Eddie A. Perez

Ex-Hartford Mayor Perez Loses Effort To Have Charges Dismissed

Ex-Hartford Mayor Perez Loses Effort To Have Charges Dismissed

A judge Thursday denied a motion to dismiss criminal charges against former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, paving the way for new trials.

Superior Court Judge Julliett Crawford, in an eight-page decision, dismissed a novel argument by attorney Hubert Santos to have extortion and bribery charges thrown out based on the Fifth Amendment right not to be tried twice for the same crime — known as the "double jeopardy clause."

Perez had been tried and convicted, but the state Supreme Court overturned the conviction, ruling his right to testify was infringed when the trial court refused to separate two distinct allegations of criminal conduct. Perez's lawyers argued...

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