Dean Skelos found guilty of corruption, again
The former Senate majority leader had overturned his conviction last year
For the second time, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was convicted on corruption charges in connection to a scandal involving landlord Glenwood Management and other companies.
Skelos, who was initially convicted in 2015, was found guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy in his retrial in Federal District Court on Tuesday, the New York Times reported. His son, Adam, was also convicted. Skelos had appealed his original conviction last year, following a Supreme Court decision that limited the definition of public corruption.
Prosecutors said the elder Skelos pressured companies to hire his son for no-show jobs, telling executives that he’d kill legislation crucial to their businesses if they didn’t comply. The businesses, which included Glenwood, helped steer about $300,000 to Adam Skelos.
In May, a federal jury found former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty for a second time, after he had also successfully appealed his conviction last year.
[NYT] — Kathryn Brenzel