Specter of 'McDonnell' Haunts Skelos' Appeal of Bribery Conviction

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At oral arguments Thursday for former New York state Sen. Dean Skelos' appeal against his 2015 bribery conviction, a prosecutor admitted that the government "went too far" by stating at trial that arranging a meeting between a state department and a company who hired his son constituted an "official act" worthy of a conviction.

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