State Challenges Perez Appellate Decision

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Prosecutors are challenging an appellate court decision to reverse former city Mayor Eddie Perez’s criminal convictions.

The chief state’s attorney’s office on Monday filed a motion seeking to bring the case before the state Supreme Court. Perez’s attorney, Hubert Santos, will have 10 days to respond.

A three-judge panel last month overturned Perez’s five felony corruption convictions, ruling that he should receive new, separate trials on bribery and extortion charges. The judges concluded that although there was enough evidence to sustain Perez’s convictions, his two cases shouldn’t have been combined for a single trial.

Perez’s attorneys had argued that the combination of the bribery and extortion cases unfairly prejudiced the jury against Perez. Evidence in both cases was shown to the jury during the course of a single trial in 2010.

You can read the prosecutor’s motion here: perez

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