False-statement trial of NY Sen. Libous staying downstate

WHITE PLAINS (AP) - The federal trial of New York state Sen. Thomas Libous (LIH’-buhs) won’t be moving upstate.

Libous, a Republican from Binghamton and the deputy majority leader, is accused in White Plains of lying to the FBI about using his clout to arrange a high-paying job for his son. He has pleaded not guilty.

Libous had asked federal Judge Vincent Briccetti to move the case to a courthouse in the federal court system’s Northern District, such as Albany or Binghamton. He said a trial there or elsewhere upstate would be more convenient for Libous, his lawyer and some witnesses.

Briccetti denied the motion, noting that the indictment stemmed from a grand jury investigation in White Plains. He also said White Plains was more convenient overall for all the parties to the trial.

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