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Eddie A. Perez

Former Hartford mayor asks for dismissal of corruption case

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is seeking to have the corruption case against him dismissed, arguing a retrial would amount to double jeopardy.

The state Supreme Court in July overturned Perez's 2010 convictions on charges of taking a bribe and extortion, saying two cases were improperly combined into one trial.

Prosecutors are planning to retry Perez in two separate trials.

Perez's lawyers argued in court filings that the state should not be allowed another chance because the high court ruled that Perez was denied the right to testify in one case and not testify in the other.

Perez, a Democrat, was Hartford's first Hispanic mayor, serving from 2001 to 2010....