Ex-NY Senate Leader Skelos is Convicted Again

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was convicted of public-corruption crimes after a retrial in which the onetime powerful lawmaker took the stand in his own defense,

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was convicted of public-corruption crimes after a retrial in which the onetime powerful lawmaker took the stand in his own defense, reports the Wall Street Journal. A federal jury also found Skelos’s son Adam guilty. Skelos, a Nassau County Republican, and his son were on trial for a second time. In 2015, a different jury found Skelos guilty of all eight criminal counts, including bribery and extortion.  A federal appeals court vacated his conviction after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowed the definition of some public-corruption crimes.

Robert Khuzami, deputy U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, said the verdict sends “the resounding message that political corruption will not be tolerated.” During the retrial, federal prosecutors argued that Dean Skelos had won jobs and payments for Adam by threatening companies that relied on the state for legislation, contracts and other benefits. Skelos claimed he had asked longtime friends for favors only to help his troubled son. Testifying on his own behalf, Skelos, 70, said, “I’ve asked many people to help Adam,” choking up while discussing his son’s substance-abuse and behavior problems. Another powerful former state lawmaker, Sheldon Silver, was convicted by a Manhattan jury in May after a similar retrial

from https://thecrimereport.org