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One of the Skeloses sought a plea deal: prosecutor

Jury selection in the father-and-son corruption trial recently got under way

November 18, 2015 11:15AM

Dean Skelos Adam Skelos

From left: Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos

The pre-trial heat seems to be getting to the Skeloses.

One of the two – former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos or his son Adam – reached out to prosecutors inquiring about a possible plea deal to avoid trial in the pair’s corruption case.

“There was a request to initiate discussions from one of the defendants,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Masimore told the New York Post. “There was a response and there’s been nothing further.”

Dean Skelos is accused is using his political leverage to coerce “no-show jobs” for himself and his son Adam, as well as accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from developers, including Tishman Speyer and Leonard Litwin’s Glenwood Management, in exchange for political favors.

The Skeloses were arrested in January. Jury selection for their trial is just getting under way. [NYP]Ariel Stulberg