Convicted ex-NY state Senate leader seeks new trial

Dean Skelos, Gail Skelos
Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his wife Gail Skelos arrive at Federal court, in New York, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Jury deliberations began Thursday at the corruption trial of Skelos, accused of using his clout to extort about $300,000 in income and other benefits for his son, Adam Skelos. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) – Ex-New York state Senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son are seeking a new trial six weeks after they were convicted of federal corruption charges.

They were convicted of bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges on Dec. 11. Prosecutors said the Long Island Republican used his influence to arrange payments and jobs for his son, Adam.

Their lawyers filed a motion Monday in Manhattan federal court seeking acquittal on all the counts and a new trial, arguing the trial evidence failed to prove the crimes beyond a reasonable doubt.

The presiding trial judge denied the lawyers’ motion for acquittal after the trial ended but before the verdict was announced.

The Skeloses’ sentencing is set for March 3.

Their lawyers and the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office declined comment on the motion.

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