Judge Rules Ex-NY Senate Leader Can Be Free Pending Appeal

NEW YORK (AP) -

A judge says New York’s former Senate majority leader can remain free on bail while appealing extortion and bribery convictions.

Manhattan Judge Kimba Wood ruled Thursday. She said Dean Skelos, a Republican, and his son Adam raised a substantial question on appeal in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

The father and son were convicted last year. Earlier this year, Wood sentenced Dean Skelos to five years in prison and his son to 6 ½ years in prison.

The Supreme Court appeared to alter existing law when it recently reversed a former Virginia governor’s conviction.