Sheldon Silver

Ex-NY Senate leader Skelos gets new trial in corruption case

A former state Senate leader and his son were granted new trials Tuesday in a corruption case that roiled a scandal-ridden statehouse. Dean Skelos is the latest in a series of powerful politicians whose convictions unraveled because of a recent Supreme Court decision.

A federal appeals court found jurors in ex-Sen. Skelos and son Adam's case were wrongly instructed, in light of a Supreme Court decision following their 2015 convictions. The high court ruling narrowed the definition of a corrupt act.

"Because we cannot conclude that the (instruction) error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, we are obliged to vacate the convictions," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

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