Updated 04/24/2012 11:28 PM
Closing Arguments Begin In Espada Corruption Trial
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Closing arguments began Tuesday in the embezzlement trial of former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.
Espada is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Soundview Health Network he founded and ran.
His defense took a hit when one of his own witnesses testified the health clinic reminded her of "The Sopranos."
Prosecutors say Espada used money meant for his clinics for lavish vacations, meals at fancy restaurants and parties.
Espada's attorney argued his client was allowed a daily stipend to cover his expenses, but prosecutors argued no such stipend exists.
During closing arguments, Espada read two books, including the Bible.
The one-time State Senate majority leader faces up to 10 years in prison for embezzlement and five years for conspiracy.