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Ex-Sen. D'Amato Testifies at Ex-NY Senate Leader Skelos' Trial

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    Ex-Sen. D'Amato Testifies at Ex-NY Senate Leader Skelos' Trial
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    Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato leaves Manhattan federal court in New York Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, after calling ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos his friend even though prosecutors called him as a government witness at the corruption trial of Skelos and his son Adam. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)

    Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato has testified at the corruption trial of former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos.

    D'Amato, a Republican like Skelos, testified Friday he warned Skelos in 2013 that his son might get fired because he wasn't showing up for work at a medical malpractice insurance company.

    D'Amato said he was told the job was in jeopardy by a partner at the consulting firm where he has worked since leaving the U.S. Senate in 1999.

    The 57-year-old Skelos is on trial in Manhattan federal court along with his 33-year-old son, Adam.

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    The pair were seen turning themselves in at the FBI offices in lower Manhattan Monday morning. The men face six counts including conspiracy, extortion and soliciting bribes, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court Monday. Melissa Russo reports.
    (Published Monday, May 4, 2015)

    Prosecutors say the elder Skelos arranged for more than $300,000 in revenue for his son in return for contributions and help with legislation.

    Both defendants have pleaded not guilty. Skelos has retained his Senate seat.

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