Prosecutors Say They’ll Try Skelos Again

Federal prosecutors say they’ll retry former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam after their corruption convictions were overturned.

“We look forward to a retrial and again presenting that evidence to a jury of New Yorkers and giving the public what they deserve,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.

Skelos and his son were convicted in 2015 with prosecutors alleging that the former lawmaker used his political influence to obtain high paying consulting work and no-show jobs for his son.  A federal appeals panel overturned that conviction on Tuesday, citing a Supreme Court decision in 2016 that narrowed the definition of corruption.

“The evidence that we presented at trial is more than sufficient to prove their guilt under any standard,” Kim said.

A second New York lawmaker, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, also had his corruption conviction overturned because of last year's Supreme Court ruling.

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