Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Pedro's party is over
Nearly every day for the last two months, Pedro Espada Jr. has been upbeat about his chances, but the former State Senate majority leader's optimism was no match for the jury.
On Monday, jurors in Brooklyn federal court found Espada guilty of four counts of theft. He was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his not-for-profit health care clinic in the Bronx, Soundview HealthCare Network.
Prosecutors said Espada treated the clinic like his personal ATM, funding a lavish lifestyle with money that should have been used to provide health care for the poor.
The former senator's son, Pedro G. Espada, was also on trial, but the jury was hung on all counts related to him.
A mistrial was declared on eight counts against the younger Espada and four counts against the elder Espada.