Mission Statement of the Skelos Family Legal Defense Fund
The purpose of this Fund is to assist in providing the financial resources required to mount an effective legal defense for Dean and Adam Skelos in recognition that a central strategy of the prosecution is to place the Skelos family in severe financial hardship and thereby put them at a strategic disadvantage in the courtroom.
Those who support the Fund believe in the personal integrity of Dean and Adam Skelos but, equally important, in the belief that this calculated and cynical prosecutorial strategy of breaking a defendant financially and manipulating media leaks must be confronted, and the only means of doing so is by providing financial support that allows for the retention of a strong defense team.
The Skelos Family Legal Defense Fund is inclusive, welcoming those who not only know, respect and admire the Skelos family, but understand that the basic principle of presumed innocence is being destroyed by deliberately seeking to force the defendants into bankruptcy and thereby prevent an effective defense. The courthouse steps are littered with the reputations of men and women who were indicted, then vindicated by a jury, only to find that a verdict of innocence left them destitute and broken.
Those who are part of the Skelos Family Legal Defense Fund will not let that happen to Dean and Adam Skelos.
If you believe in the personal integrity of Dean Skelos, please read on...
For those who know Dean and for many who do not, their collective faith in the American judicial system and their belief in justice has been shaken to its core. Dean Skelos is an honest man who has selflessly served his constituents and the State of New York with honor and dedication.
As a state senator and the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, Dean has spent over 30 years of his life making this a better place to live, work and raise a family. Among his myriad achievements, Dean Skelos wrote Megan’s Law to ensure the safety of children. He helped seniors afford their prescription medications as the sponsor of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program and, as the Senate leader, ushered in a new period of bipartisan functionality in state government that lowered taxes, created jobs, improved education and accomplished the people’s business.
To the detriment of all New Yorkers, he and his family are being victimized by a federal prosecutor with a documented history of abusing both his power and the law. Dean was targeted because he was Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, not because of any actions he took.
Together, we can make it right.
The Skelos Family Legal Defense Fund was formed to help Dean and his family stand up and defeat those who place their own ambition ahead of justice. It was formed to make it clear that it’s wrong to criminalize the relationship between a father and son. Finally, it was formed to protect Dean and is family from the morally-egregious prosecutorial strategy of seeking satisfaction from the financial ruin of a defendant in the absence of a conviction.
The facts and evidence in this case will go beyond demonstrating an absence of guilt. They will clearly demonstrate that Dean and his family are innocent of the baseless accusations that have been leveled against them. Moreover, Dean’s exoneration will offer an unambiguous example of prosecutorial overreach and abuse and the tragedy of unbridled ambition.
We ask you to join the cause and rally to Dean’s side. Dean and his family have a long, expensive journey ahead. Please support the Skelos Family Legal Defense Fund. It’s about justice, doing what’s right, standing up for people we know and respect and a fundamental principle upon which this nation was founded.