Former Hartford Mayor's Convictions Thrown Out

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's corruption convictions have been formally thrown out, but he's far from being in the clear.

Perez was convicted in 2010 on extortion and bribery charges. He was sentenced to three years in prison but remained free pending appeal.

In July, the state's highest court upheld a lower court ruling that state prosecutors improperly combined two cases against Perez into a single trial.

On Wednesday, the convictions officially vacated, but prosecutors say they intend to push forward with a new trial.

Perez, a Democrat who was mayor from 2001 to 2010, was found guilty of accepting a contractor's bribe of home improvements and trying to extort $100,000 from a developer.

He left the courtroom without making a comment.

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