Former NY Senate leader wants 2 charges dismissed

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Posted: Sep 08, 2015 12:52 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The ex-leader of New York's Senate wants a federal judge to throw out two charges against him, arguing evidence contradicts allegations he helped an environmental technology company with state legislation and a county contract in return for employing his son.

Former Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam face eight charges, including extortion and bribery.

In court papers, lawyers for both men say prosecutors provided them a letter "disclosing that a number of witnesses had contradicted key allegations in the indictment," including testimony that he actually opposed state budget provisions that would have benefited the company's Nassau County project.

The defense has also asked Judge Kimba Wood to review the grand jury record to ensure prosecutors properly instructed the jurors.

The U.S. attorney's office declined to comment Tuesday.