- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - The federal trial of state Sen. Thomas Libous 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 dismiss the case or move it to a courthouse in the federal court system’s Northern District, such as Albany or Binghamton. He said the alleged false statements occurred during a conversation in Albany, and a trial there or elsewhere upstate would be more convenient for Libous, his lawyer and some witnesses.

Briccetti denied the motions Tuesday, noting that the indictment stemmed from a grand jury investigation in White Plains and saying White Plains was more convenient overall for all the parties to the trial. A weeklong trial would be “a bearable amount of inconvenience” for Libous, he said.

However, Briccetti agreed to accommodate Libous’ political duties, so he set the trial date for July 13, after the current Senate session. Libous’ attorney, Paul DerOhannesian, said he was pleased.

Libous is accused of lying seven times about whether he arranged his son’s job and salary, promised extra business for the law firm and persuaded a lobbying firm to pay part of his son’s salary.

The son, Matthew, was convicted last week in a related case of three counts of filing false income tax returns.

Tuesday’s court session was held one floor above the courtroom where a jury has been deliberating a corruption case against a former Libous colleague, ex-state Sen. Malcolm Smith.

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