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Federal Judge Denies Skelos’ Attempt to Dismiss Corruption Case

Federal corruption charges stand, trial will move forward against former state Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos

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A federal judge has rejected former state Senate leader Dean Skelos' efforts to get his corruption charges dismissed.

The indicted 67-year-old Skelos, of Long Island, had complained about leaks to the media about the investigation into whether he used his powerful public post to pressure companies into giving lucrative jobs to his son, 33-year-old Adam Skelos.

NBC 4 New York broke the story of the federal investigation into Skelos and his son. 

Judge Kimba Wood said Tuesday dozens of witnesses and lawyers were aware of the investigation, and overall information given to reporters did not violate any grand jury rules.  

Wood also rejected Skelos’ complaints that the government tapped his phone, and said wiretaps were appropriate to try to add to the evidence in the alleged corruption scheme.

Both Skeloses have denied wrongdoing. 

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