Judge rejects ex-top New York lawmaker's quest to move trial

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

A New York judge says the retrial of a former top New York lawmaker will not be moved elsewhere despite claims that pretrial publicity makes finding fair jurors impossible.

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018 1:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge says the retrial of a former top New York lawmaker will not be moved elsewhere despite claims that pretrial publicity makes finding fair jurors impossible.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said Monday that the extortion and bribery trial of former Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son will take place in Manhattan because fair jurors can likely be found.

It's scheduled to begin June 19.

In a written ruling, Wood rejected claims by lawyers for Skelos and his son, Adam, that pretrial publicity prevents a fair trial. Both have pleaded not guilty.

She also rejected a request to toss out the charges on grounds that grand jurors were improperly instructed about what constitutes official misconduct. A federal appeals court tossed out an earlier conviction.

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