Appeals Court Overturns Dean Skelos Corruption Conviction



A federal appeals court today overturned the 2015 corruption convictions of former Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam Skelos.

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In May 2016, Skelos, who was convicted of using his influential post to help his son Adam get a series of no-show jobs and other benefits, was sentenced to five years in prison. His son, who was caught menacing people over business deals on wiretaps, was sentenced to more than seven years. The former leader was also required to pay a $500,000 fine, and the two had to collectively pay $334,120 in forfeiture funds.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the judge did not give the jury in the Skeloses’ trial the right directions as dictated by the Supreme Court decision involving former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, last year, according to The New York Times.

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