Judge: Libous Felony Conviction Will Stand
Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]Former state Senator Thomas Libous has lost a bid to have his conviction for lying to the FBI thrown out.
U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccetti rejected the contention of the former senator's attorney that the July conviction by a federal jury was based on insufficient evidence. Libous had been seeking an acquittal or a new trial.
Libous, a Broome County Republican, lost the Senate seat he had held for nearly three decades after he was found guilty of the felony charge on July 22.
Libous is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in White Plains on October 30. An appeal of the conviction could then be pursued.
The vacant 52nd District Senate seat will be filled by the winner of a November 3 special election. Republican Frederick Akshar and Democrat Barbara Fiala are vying for the seat.