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Eddie A. Perez

Court upholds overturning of mayor's corruption conviction

The state Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court ruling that threw out the corruption convictions of former Mayor Eddie Perez.

Prosecutors sought to reverse a 2013 Appellate Court ruling, which found the state improperly combined two cases into one trial.

Perez, a Democrat, was mayor from 2001 to 2010, when he was convicted of accepting a contractor's bribe of home improvements and trying to extort $100,000 from a developer. He was sentenced to three years in prison but remained free on bail during his appeal.

Perez's defense lawyer, Hubert Santos, argued that holding one trial violated Perez's right to testify in one case and remain silent in the other. The Supreme...