NEW YORK - (AP) - A federal appeals court has tossed out theconviction of a former Republican leader of the New York Senate. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the conviction ofJoseph Bruno.

He was convicted in 2009 of denying taxpayers honest services byconcealing a deal with a business associate who paid him as aconsultant.

It was expected that the 2nd Circuit would reverse theconviction after the U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled in the caseof former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. The Supreme Court found thatfederal statutes used to fight white-collar and public officialfraud only criminalize schemes with proof of bribes or kickbacks.

The 2nd Circuit agreed to return the case to the lower court inAlbany, where prosecutors can seek a superseding indictment.

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