Former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos’ conviction overturned

Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' felony fraud conviction and five-year prison sentence were overturned Tuesday by a federal appeals court, though prosecutors said they would seek a second trial.

A three-judge panel from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of Skelos, R-Nassau County, and his adult son, Adam, tossing out their convictions but leaving the door open for the pair to be re-tried.

The decision Tuesday found that the instructions given to the jury in the 2015 case did not line up with a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which effectively narrowed the law Skelos and his son were convicted of breaking.

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