Ex-Senate Majority Leader Skelos Found Guilty

Ex-Senate Majority Leader Skelos Found Guilty

December 11, 2015 at 2:31 pm

A jury Friday found former Sen. Dean Skelos and his son Adam guilty of corruption in a federal trial. They were convicted on all eight charges of extortion, bribery and conspiracy.

The verdict comes just less than two weeks after the former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was found guilty in his own corruption trial.


Immediately following the verdict, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara celebrated the news.

“The swift convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos beg an important question – how many prosecutions will it take before Albany gives the people of New York the honest government they deserve?” he said in a statement.

According to The New York Times, Skelos was accused of leveraging his leadership role to secure employment opportunities for his son.

“The Skeloses were charged with using the father’s position as majority leader to pressure a Manhattan developer, an environmental technology company and medical malpractice insurer to provide Adam Skelos with roughly $300,000 via consulting work, a no-show job, and a direct payment of $20,000,” the Times reported.

The attorney for Skelos, G. Robert Gage told the paper that he plans to file post-trial motions.

“We intend to pursue them vigorously,” the Times reported him saying.

Albany’s Times Union detailed some of the evidence in the case.

“Some of the most damning evidence against the father and son were drawn from wiretaps. In one conversation highlighted in the criminal complaint, Adam Skelos complained that his father couldn’t give him ‘real advice’ on the AbTech deal because ‘you can’t talk normal because it’s like ___ing Preet Bharara is listening to every ___ing phone call. It’s just ___ing frustrating,'” the newspaper reported.

“It is,” Dean Skelos replied according to the Capital Region paper.

Jury deliberations began Thursday after following closing arguments after the defense declined to call any witnesses.

Skelos, a Republican who has served in the Senate since 1985, immediately loses his seat due to the ruling. His Senate webpage has already been updated.

Skelos joins Silver on a long list of New York lawmakers tied to wrongdoing.