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Full decision: Dean Skelos' conviction overturned

26 Septembre 2017

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with the Skelos lawyers' arguments, determining the jury instructions were wrong under the new interpretation of public corruption under federal law.

Former State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos' corruption conviction has been overturned.

The ruling comes roughly 2½ months after another appellate panel cited the same Supreme Court decision to vacate the conviction of Sheldon Silver, the former longtime Democratic speaker of the State Assembly. A spokeswoman did not immediately have a comment on Tuesday's decision. In May 2016, Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison, and his son Adam to more than six years.

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The court overturned the Skelos' 2015 conviction after a Supreme Court decision narrowed the legal definition of corruption.

Skelos was convicted along with his son in December 2015 of bribery and extortion charges, with prosecutors alleging the lawmaker used his office to influence a Manhattan developer, an insurance company and an environmental technology company to provide the younger Skelos with essentially a series of no-show consultant jobs.

Both Skelos, a Nassau County Republican, and Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, were powerful state legislative leaders, working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to craft a state budget and top-tier legislation.

Full decision: Dean Skelos' conviction overturned