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Former Hartford Mayor Perez convicted of corruption drops suit over legal fees

HARTFORD — Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez has dropped a lawsuit that sought to have the city pay more than $1 million in legal fees he racked up defending himself against corruption charges and a lawsuit by the state that seeks to revoke his pension.

Perez’s lawyer withdrew the Hartford Superior Court lawsuit Tuesday, but declined to say why. Perez has until next year to refile the lawsuit if he chooses.

The Democrat was Hartford’s first Hispanic mayor and served from 2001 until he resigned in 2010 amid the corruption charges. He pleaded guilty in 2017 to receiving a bribe and attempted larceny by extortion and was sentenced to a suspended prison term.

A trial was held in the state’s lawsuit to revoke Perez’s pension. The judge’s verdict is pending.

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