Former NY Senate leader testifies in his own defense

Former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos leaves court in New York, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A former New York state Senate leader being retried on corruption charges has taken the witness stand in his own defense to describe his relationship with his son.

Posted: Jul. 6, 2018 3:45 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York state Senate leader being retried on corruption charges has taken the witness stand in his own defense to describe his relationship with his son.

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Dean Skelos testified Friday in Manhattan federal court.

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.

His lawyers say Skelos was only looking out for his son when he used his connections to seek work for him.

Skelos says his son, Adam, had a difficult childhood because of learning disabilities and later a drinking problem and anger issues. Through it all, they developed a tight bond.

Skelos says he encouraged his son to have confidence and do the right thing.

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