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Former State Senate Leader Dean Skelos Testifies At Own Retrial

July 06, 2018 - 4:57 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There was a surprise witness at the corruption trial of former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos Friday – the defendant himself.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, it was a stunning decision for Skelos to testify. But after being convicted at his first trial, he decided to roll the dice.

Skelos and his son, Adam, are accused of shaking down companies for cash.

The former senate majority leader was asked by his attorney, “Did you ever trade your office?” Skelos answered, “Never.”

The prosecution will get its shot at the defendant next week. Adam Skelos is not expected to testify.

The government contends that Skelos used his powerful position to help Adam land lucrative no-show jobs.