Say it ain’t so, Joe

Joe Bruno, convicted on two of eight felony counts today. Another nail in the coffin of the Big Man era of Albany politics, or just a prelude to a successful appeal?

The jury entered the courtroom at 4:16 p.m. and as they retunred a not guilty verdict on the first two counts and no verdict on the third count, the mood among supporters of Mr. Bruno who were in attendance became euphoric. But when the jury declared guilty on the fourth count the mood quickly turned. Mr. Bruno became visibly deflated and his normally upright frame sagged.

Mr. Bruno faces up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine on each felony count. He is sure to appeal, and the Supreme Court is preparing to review the controversial “theft of honest services” statute underlying his case.

And speaking of Big Men and “honest services“…