July 11, 2018 12:29 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Two criminal trials over allegations of corruption on the New York political scene are both drawing to a close on the same floor atop a federal courthouse in New York City.
One case features former state Senate leader Dean Skelos. He's accused of shaking down businesses to give his wayward son no-show work.
The other case involves a former state university president and three developers charged with bid-rigging in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" revitalization program.
Closing arguments in the Skelos case continued Wednesday with defense attorneys telling jurors that there was no evidence of a quid-pro-quo for favors sought by the ex-senator. The son is also charged with bribery and extortion.
A jury is already deliberating in the bid-rigging case.
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Created: July 11, 2018 12:29 PM
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