Ex-New York Senate leader Skelos seeks new trial on appeal

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Posted: May 18, 2017 3:32 PM
Ex-New York Senate leader Skelos seeks new trial on appeal

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal appeals court judges don't seem eager to embrace the arguments of lawyers seeking a new trial for Republican former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) and his son.

Skelos was convicted of strong-arming three companies into giving his son $300,000 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

A three-judge panel Thursday heard attorney Alexandra Shapiro argue on Skelos' behalf the convictions of him and his son should be vacated. Shapiro says that would be consistent with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling reversing the conviction of a former Virginia governor. The government disagrees.

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Circuit Judge Reena Raggi of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenged Shapiro repeatedly, saying Shapiro was being "a little selective in the facts."