Judge should toss Bruno's conviction
As near as we can tell the Supremes said that failure to disclose potential conflicts of interest does not fall under the statute.
While bribes and schemes and kickbacks and other unsavory behavior were heavily implied in the narrative outlining the indictments, a jury didn’t convict him of any of that. Bruno was convicted, in part, of failing to disclose a potential conflict of interest between his private consulting firm and his position as majority leader.
As such, we see no other option than for Judge Gary Sharpe to toss out Bruno’s conviction.
In the least - if the judge determines our legal opinion unsound - the decisions will certainly bolster Bruno’s chances on appeal, Sharpe should recognize that and allow Bruno to stay out of jail while the appeal is pending.
Any opinion could take years to work its way through the system and could actually end up back in front of the Supremes and, well, Bruno is 80...