NEW YORK (AP) - Ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos is asking an appeals court for a new trial. He cites the precedent set when former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was granted a new trial.
Attorney Alexandra Shapiro wrote in papers filed Monday with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Republican Skelos, like the Democrat Silver, is entitled to a new trial because public corruption laws were recently freshly defined by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Skelos was convicted in 2015 on extortion, bribery and conspiracy charges. He was sentenced last year to five years in prison. He has remained free on appeal. That's in part because it was unclear what effect, if any, a Supreme Court ruling reversing the conviction of a former Virginia governor would have on the Skelos case.