Appeals Court Overturns Corruption Conviction of Dean Skelos


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The court of appeals based its ruling on the decision of the Supreme Court involving former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell last year. McDonnell was found guilty of corruption-related charges. The Supreme Court vacated his conviction because the jury did not receive correct instruction about the meaning of “official acts.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the McDonnell case came after the conviction of Dean Skelos and his son.

Prosecutors will retry the case against Dean Skelos and his son

In a statement, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim expressed disappointment with the decision. His office intends to retry the case at once.

Joon said, “We will have another opportunity to present the overwhelming evidence” proving the guilt of Adam and Dean Skelos. He added that they can “again give the public the justice it deserves.”

Furthermore, Joon said it is not easy to clean up corruption, which is true in the state government of New York. However, he emphasized, “We are as committed as ever to doing everything we can to keep our government honest.  That is what we will do in this prosecution as well.”