Ex-New York Senate Leader Skelos Asks Court for New Trial

Former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos outside court in New York, May 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos is asking an appeals court for a new trial, citing 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 is entitled to a new trial because public corruption laws were recently freshly defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in a ruling reversing the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Skelos was convicted in 2015 and sentenced last year to five years in prison.