Dean Skelos

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No Sign Of Verdict Coming In Skelos Retrial

July 16, 2018 - 8:09 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- After two days of deliberations, there was no sign of a verdict Monday in the corruption retrial of former New York state Senate Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the jury might feel like it is up against the clock.

One juror has a vacation scheduled for Saturday. She sent a note reminding the judge and asking to be dismissed, but the judge declined.

The juror agreed to stay through Thursday. If there is no verdict by then, an alternate will step in and deliberations will start from scratch.

With that in mind, there was a second note.

The panel stayed beyond its routine 2:30 p.m. departure Monday and left at 3:45 p.m.

The jurors will decide whether Dean Skelos was motivated by devotion to his son as he reached out to others to help find him a job, or if Skelos used his powerful position to help Adam land lucrative no-show jobs.

Dean Skelos' lawyer told the jury there was nothing corrupt or criminal and that he simply asked his friends to hire Adam, but prosecutors said these weren't friendly requests, these were shakedowns. They claim Adam was paid $300,000 for no-show jobs and then his father would pull legislative strings.