Jury convicts ex-N.Y. state senate leader of corruption

NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) - Former New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos was found guilty of federal corruption charges by a jury on Tuesday, nearly a year after an appeals court threw out his 2015 conviction.

The federal jury in Manhattan also convicted Skelos' son, Adam, of related charges. Both defendants were convicted on all counts they faced.

Prosecutors had accused the elder Skelos, a Republican from Long Island, of using his position to pressure three companies to provide his son with consulting work, a "no-show" job and a $20,000 payment.

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Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, center, and son Adam Skelos, right, exit federal court with attorney G. Robert Gage Jr., left, in New York, U.S., on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. The Skeloses were found guilty on all eight counts of corruption. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A combination photo shows: Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (L) exiting the Manhattan federal court house in New York on December 8, 2015 and his son Adam Skelos (R) exiting the Manhattan federal court house in New York, U.S. on May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photos
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (L) exits the Manhattan federal court house in New York City, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos exit the Manhattan federal court house in New York City, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) exits the Manhattan federal court house in New York December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos arrives at the Manhattan federal court house in New York City, U.S. May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York speaks to the media during a press conference in New York May 4, 2015. New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, was taken into custody by federal authorities on Monday morning as part of a public corruption matter, an FBI spokesman said. Skelos and his son, Adam, were seen by a Reuters photographer walking into the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in lower Manhattan earlier in the day following reports that the two men would be charged criminally. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
New York State Senator Dean Skelos arrives at the Jacob Javits Federal Building in New York May 4, 2015. New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, was taken into custody by federal authorities on Monday morning as part of a public corruption matter, an FBI spokesman said. Skelos and his son, Adam, were seen by a Reuters photographer walking into the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in lower Manhattan earlier in the day following reports that the two men would be charged criminally. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, right, arrives at federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Prosecutors say the once-powerful Republican politician badgered companies that needed his political sway to funnel more than $300,000 to his son through consulting work and a no-show job. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Adam Skelos, son of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, exits federal court in New York, U.S., on Friday, July 13, 2018. Prosecutors say the once-powerful Republican politician badgered companies that needed his political sway to funnel more than $300,000 to his son through consulting work and a no-show job. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Adam Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his father, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Adam Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his father, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his son Adam are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, right, arrives at federal court in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Skelos and his son will be retried on corruption charges after their previous convictions were tossed on appeal. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his son Adam are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos speaks to a member of the media while exiting federal court in New York, U.S., on Friday, July 6, 2018. Prosecutors say the once-powerful Republican politician badgered companies that needed his political sway to funnel more than $300,000 to his son through consulting work and a no-show job. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Adam Skelos walks into a Manhattan court for his sentencing on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. Skelos and his father, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, are scheduled to be sentenced for eight felony counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Both men were found guilty by a jury in December 2015. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood later sentenced Dean Skelos to five years in prison and Adam Skelos to 6-1/2 years. Both remained free on bail while they appealed their convictions.

Last September, a federal appeals court in New York threw out the convictions. The court ruled that the jury had received improper instructions in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2016 decision overturning the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

The Supreme Court found in that decision that routine political activities such as arranging meetings were not "official acts" that could be prosecuted under federal bribery law.

The federal appeals court had cited the same decision last July when it overturned the November 2015 corruption conviction of Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly speaker.

Silver, a Democrat who represented Manhattan's Lower East Side, was retried and found guilty on May 11. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27.

(Reporting by Brendan Pierson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Jonathan Oatis)

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