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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.

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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