- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to reinstate the corruption convictions of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez.

The high court heard arguments Tuesday seeking to reverse a 2013 Appellate Court ruling, which found the state improperly combined two cases into one trial.

Perez 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 has 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.

Prosecutors said they carefully separated the evidence and it was important to expedite the case against a sitting mayor.

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