Court Overturns Dean Skelos Conviction

(New York, NY) -- A Manhattan federal appeals court is overturning the corruption conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. 

The Long Island Republican and his son Adam were convicted of bribery and extortion charges in 2015. The move that also clears Skelos' son comes nearly three months after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's conviction was tossed out by a federal judge on the same grounds. In both cases, the convictions of the former heads of the New York State legislature were vacated over a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limits the legal definition of corruption.

Federal prosecutors are expected to announce that they will retry Skelos, as they also continue to pursue a case against Silver. 

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