Connecticut AG seeking to revoke mayor's pension

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June 30, 2010

HARTFORD, Connecticut: Nearly two weeks after Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez was convicted on five felony charges of corruption and resigned from public office, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is set to invoke a law passed in 2008 that "requires the attorney general to seek pension revocation after a public official is convicted on corruption charges."[1] Blumenthal, who himself has faced controversy, though on a far more national level then Perez, hopes that this will deter future public officials from committing such acts. Ultimately, however, the decision will rest in the hands of a Superior Court judge, who must "consider the damage done to the city or state by an official's illegal actions, the amount of trust or responsibility placed in the official and the needs of the official's innocent spouse or children."[1]

The United States Senate candidate has a little history with the now former mayor. In November 2007, Blumenthal appeared at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, Connecticut in an effort to raise money, approximately $100 per person, in support of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez. Months before, Perez had announced that police had searched his house after it was alleged that he "allowed a contractor [who had received city business] to spend around $30,000 to fix his bathroom."[2] An arrest warrant was issued for Perez charging him with bribery, fabricating evidence, and conspiracy to fabricate evidence in January 2009. Eight months later, the Hartford Mayor was arrested again, this time facing extortion charges stemming from a no-bid parking lot deal. On June 18, 2010, he was convicted of five of the six charges he faced at trial, including receiving a bribe, accessory to the fabrication of evidence, conspiracy to fabricate evidence, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny by extortion, and criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny by extortion.