NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A judge has refused to throw out charges or evidence in the corruption case brought against former New York Senate Leader Dean Skelos and his son.
On Tuesday, Manhattan federal Judge Kimba Wood rejected the pretrial motions brought by Skelos’ lawyers.
Skelos and his son, Adam, have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and extortion charges.
An indictment against the pair alleges a medical malpractice insurer provided Adam Skelos with a no-show job while it lobbied his father on legislative matters.
Authorities allege $300,000 was illegally steered to Adam during that time.
At the time of his arrest in May, Skelos was the state’s most powerful Republican. He has said he and his son will be vindicated.
The trial is scheduled to begin next month.
Skelos is the second high-profile Albany lawmaker to be arrested this year. In January, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was charged with exploiting his power to take $4 million in kickbacks.
Silver has also pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial in November.
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