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Ex-New York state Sen. Dean Skelos, son convicted of extortion, bribery

Dean Skelos, center, leaves Federal court, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in New York City. The former New York state Senate leader and his son Adam were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud, and to give bribery charges, the pressure on the company, the son of no-show jobs, or other danger, the powerful Republican political support.

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A former New York state Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud, and to give bribery charges, the pressure on the company, the son of no-show jobs, or other danger, the powerful Republican political support.

A jury in Federal court in Manhattan ruled over the course of four days before reaching the guilty verdict in the trial of Dean Skelos, and his son, Adam. The son tilted his head, as he heard the verdict, while his father just straight looked. Both refused to comment as you from the court.

The top count against the pair, extortion, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, but you are, you are likely to receive much less time at sentencing on Oct. 24.

The study was one of the most important in a flood of recent cases, and threw a strong light on the corruption in Albany. Former state Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, was convicted in may of corruption.

FLASHBACK TO 2015: SKELOS, SON SENTENCED FOR EXTORTION

Adam Skelos, center, leaves Federal court, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in New York City.

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“Once again, a New York jury, a sordid tale of bribery, blackmail and the abuse of power by powerful officials of this state listened,” Deputy U.S. attorney Robert Khuzami said in a statement. “And once again, a jury and they answered with a unanimous verdict of guilt in this case of Dean Skelos and his son Adam – send the overwhelming message that political corruption will not be tolerated.”

Prosecutors in the Skelos trial had told jurors that the father and son were “partners in crime”, which showed how the blatant disregard for the conflicts of interest that they have broken the law. They accused the two of extorting around 300,000 $in payments from wealthy business people who were depending on the Long Island senator back benefit on the legislation that your financial interests.

The company felt “constant pressure from Dean Skelos — the fear that he would you said punish, by not making his official, when they paid,” assistant U.S. attorney Thomas McKay, in the closing arguments. “They were the targets of Skelos family shakedown.”

The evidence included a wiretap recording of a telephone call in the year 2014, in the Skelos leader boasted of his son, in his position as the Senate, he would get “everything under control”, including the bills to the floor for a vote.

“Everyone will know who’s calling the shots, Adam,” he said. “Believe me.”

The defense had tried to portray the elder Skelos as a caring father who was just fighting on the search for a son to find a job and pay for, a $675.000 home. His lawyers argued that there was no evidence that the ex-senator has no official action for the business people.

Skelos, 70, testified in his own defense, claimed that it was never a quid-pro-to expect, quo, if he reached, in the order of Adam, 36.

“I did not see a problem with it,” he said. “I’ve been asked to help a lot of people, my son.”

Under the government witness Anthony Bonomo, a insurance of the CEO of the company, the described was, as Adam stopped Skelos to rotate for a $78,000-a-year sales job he gave him. This is also why he didn’t want to think of not to fire him, because he “wanted, that Adam’ s problem, a wedge for our legislative activities in Albany. I just don’t want to have a problem with the senator.”

Another witness, title company partner, Tom Dwyer, testified that he was the bag man for a real estate developer who decided Adam Skelos, a $disguised 20,000 bribe, as a fee for title insurance. He said he handed over the cheque for lunch on Long Island in 2013.

Robert Gage, the said Dean represented Skelos, in his closing arguments that the government’s witnesses credible because they were testifying under non-prosecution agreements.

Bonomo, who knew Skelos social for several years,” said a friend looking for a friend ‘ s son,” Gage. “There is no extortion or bribery.”

Prosecutors pointed to the interception of recordings, as a further proof of the defendants knew they were breaking the law and were afraid to be caught. In one, can be heard from Skelos, advises his son about the need for discretion, in the midst of capital’s ongoing corruption scandal, to say, “now we are in dangerous times, Adam.”

It was the second trial against the father and the son. They were sentenced in the year 2015, extortion, conspiracy and bribery, but a new trial was ordered, by a Federal appeals court in Manhattan, after the U.S. Supreme court narrowed the law on public corruption as it reversed the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The current case has been prosecuted, the saw in the same courthouse that a fall from power for silver, was found guilty on corruption charges that he took bribes in exchange for legislative favors. Silver is still on sentencing.

Silver and Skelos were among a trio called the “three men in a room” in Albany, in accordance with the longstanding practice of the legislative leaders and the Governor negotiate key exchange behind closed doors. Skelos leader of the year in 2008, served in the Senate from 1985 to 2015, and was Senate.

Government watchdog to say-groups of the case, closely followed, it highlighted New York state’s lax ethics, enforcement, and pay-to-play insider-culture.

The reversal of Skelos’ initial belief “gave people the feeling that you have a way with nothing in Albany, said the legislator, who won Skelos’ old seat, Democratic Sen. Todd Kaminsky. “Thankfully, that proves not to be the case.”

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