Justice was served last Friday in the case of former Senate Republican Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. Bruno was acquitted on five charges of bribery but convicted on two charges of “theft of honest services.” Those convictions were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court . The government then promptly recharged Bruno for bribery and turned aside arguments that such prosecution would constitute double jeopardy. The Government sited no new evidence. Legal authorities such as Judge Andrew Napolitano argued that the new charges should not be brought against the 85 year old Bruno who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer.

The case should never have been retried. Michael Caputo wrote the definitive on Bruno’s legal odyssey in which the government spent $30 million in an attempt to convict him. Bruno turned down a plea bargain in which he would plead guilt y to one count and would receive no jail-time. Bruno refused insisting that he had broken no laws and would not say that he had. The nine-year legal battle has ruined Bruno financially and he was forced to sell his home and horses to fund his legal defense.

Last week, Bruno was acquitted on all charges after an brilliant defense by lawyers E. Stewart Jones and William Dryer. Justice has been done for one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Bruno, interestingly, not only looked out zealously for upstate interests, he was also a strong legislative ally of New York City.

Bruno knew how to reach across the aisle and nurture relationships with individual Democrats in order to get the people’s business done. Bruno brought a businessman’s viewpoint to government. All of his financial disclosures and actions were approved in advance by legal counsel. Bruno never violated his oath of office.

Joe Bruno is a fighter. A lesser man would have folded under intense pressure. I never had a conversation with him in which he wasn’t optimistic about beating the charges and clearing his name.

Now Bruno and his lawyers believe he is due compensation from the state because he was prosecuted in his capacity as Senate Majority Leader. I think he is entitled to this.