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New York Senate Majority Leader’s Corruption Conviction Upheld

Feb. 23, 2021, 8:40 PM

The jury instruction read during the extortion trial of the former majority leader of the New York Senate and his son didn’t comply with U.S. Supreme Court precedent, but their conviction was nevertheless upheld by the Second Circuit Tuesday, because the error was harmless.

Dean Skelos was accused of using his position as the Republican leader of the New York senate from 2011 to 2015 to get jobs for his son, Adam. Three separate schemes were at issue, and officials from the companies testified they offered Adam positions because they had legislation before the state senate.

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