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A prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of State Senator Dean G. Skelos and his son that they would hear “the age-old tale of abuse of political power to satisfy personal greed,” while the pair’s lawyers suggested that the government was trying to criminalize both legitimate politics and a father-son relationship.
The divergent views were laid out in the opening statements in Federal District Court in Manhattan. More than a half-dozen members of the senator’s family packed into the crowded gallery as jurors, some rapt and leaning forward in their seats, listened intently to the lawyers’ statements.
“What the defendants did to line the pockets of the Skelos family wasn’t just wrong, and it wasn’t just politics as usual; it was corrupt and it was criminal,” said the prosecutor, Tatiana R. Martins, an assistant United States attorney. “And because the defendants knew they were committing crimes, they tried to hide it.”
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