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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Statement Of Acting United States Attorney Joon H. Kim On the Decision Of the Court Of Appeals In U.S. v. Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos

“The Second Circuit, while finding that the evidence was more than sufficient to convict Dean and Adam Skelos, held that a part of the jury instruction is no longer good law under the Supreme Court decision in McDonnell.  While we are disappointed in the decision and will weigh our appellate options, we look forward to a prompt retrial where we will have another opportunity to present the overwhelming evidence of Dean Skelos and Adam Skelos’s guilt and again give the public the justice it deserves.  Cleaning up corruption is never easy, and that is certainly true for corruption in New York State government.  But we are as committed as ever to doing everything we can to keep our government honest.  That is what we will do in this prosecution as well.”        

Topic(s): 
Public Corruption
Press Release Number: 
17-309
Updated September 26, 2017