Dean Skelos

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Attorneys Make Last Case For Skelos, Son At Trial

July 11, 2018 - 1:24 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Defense attorneys completed their closing arguments Wednesday in the corruption trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, Adam Skelos was not an ideal employee and he was paid $78,000 for doing next to nothing. His attorney admitted that Adam was hired because of his father, but said it was not a no-show job.

The attorney presented a handful of emails showing Adam did some work, and he insisted there was no quid pro quo. They attorney said the job was simply a favor from a family friend.

In the rambling summation, Adam Skelos’ defense attorney repeatedly referred to his client as “Alex.”

Dean Skelos’ defense attorney offered a closing argument afterward, saying it was not a crime for Skelos to reach out to others to help his son.

The lawyer methodically raised doubts about intent in countless emailed conversations and testimony. Of the government’s key witnesses, the lawyer called them liars.

The goal was to raise reasonable doubt.

The prosecutor in the case claimed Adam received payments in exchange for his father’s political clout. Dean Skelos controlled bills in the New York state Senate.

The government showed the jury emails and wiretaps to back its claims.