Prosecutor: NY senator extorted bribes to enrich son

Skelos
Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos, right, and his son Adam, 33, left, arrive for their arraignment in Manhattan federal court for the latest charges against them in a corruption case, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in New York. Both have have pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) – A prosecutor says that New York Sen. Dean Skelos abused his office to the line the pockets of his adult son.

Opening statements began Tuesday in the corruption trial of Skelos and his son Adam.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tatiana Martins told jurors Dean Skelos extorted businesses to win Adam consulting fees and a no-show job that made him $300,000. She said that in exchange, the Long Island Republican backed legislation that helped the businesses.

The father and son say they are innocent. Their lawyers were to give opening statements later in the day.

The trial is coinciding with a similar but separate corruption case against one of the state’s top Democrats, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He has also pleaded not guilty and maintains his innocence.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s