Late N.Y. Lawmaker’s Conviction Is Tossed:
The conviction of a late New York state lawmaker on charges of lying to the FBI has been overturned by an appeals court.
The recent ruling by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan also ordered the $50,000 in fines state Sen. Thomas Libous paid, be returned to his estate. The Republican was convicted in 2015 of lying about what prosecutors said was a scheme in which he arranged for a lobbyist to funnel $50,000 to his son.
After Mr. Libous died, a notice was filed to appeal the conviction. A legal doctrine know as ‘abatement by death’ allows a felon’s estate to move to have the conviction vacated. Go figure!