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NY Taxpayers May Pick Up Deceased Ex-Lawmaker's Legal Tab

Sen. Tom Libous reading to children.
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Sen. Tom Libous reading to children.

New York taxpayers may pay more than $700,000 to cover the legal bills of a former state lawmaker whose conviction on charges of lying to the FBI was vacated after his death.

Former Republican Sen. Tom Libous was convicted in 2015 of lying about what prosecutors said was a scheme to funnel money from a lobbyist to his son. The conviction was overturned by an appeals court  last year, after Libous died of cancer. The court also ordered $50,000 in fines be returned to his estate.

The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reports that under New York law the state is required to pay the legal bills of government workers or lawmakers who beat criminal charges related to their official duties.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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