Skelos to ‘Vigorously’ Appeal Verdict

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

The attorney for former state Senate leader Dean Skelos says that the defense intends to “vigorously” pursue post-trial motions challenging the convictions.

“We are obviously very disappointed with the verdict,” G. Robert Gage said.

Skelos, 67, and his son Adam, 33, were convicted Friday of federal charges, after the government had accused the elder Skelos of pressuring three companies with a stake in state legislation into giving work to his only child. The government said the businesses provided the younger Skelos with about $300,000 and other benefits.

The defense had argued that the evidence showed only that Dean Skelos was looking out for his son like any loving father, and that prosecutors were overreaching. Gage argued that prosecutors offered no evidence proving Skelos changed long-standing positions on legislation so he could reward the businesses that employed Adam Skelos.

Dean and Adam Skelos declined to comment as they walked from the courthouse, with Dean Skelos resting his hand on his son’s shoulder.

The verdict came after about eight hours of deliberations. As it was read, Skelos put his hand on his son’s shoulder while the senator’s second wife, Gail, wept.