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State Senator Libous Found Guilty of Lying to the FBI

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A jury in White Plains finds State Senator Tom Libous guilty of lying to the FBI.
Deliberations began at 9:35 this morning and at 11:44 am. The jury sent a note requesting full testimony from FBI agent Robert Silveri for review. At 3:45 the verdict came in and the jury found him guilty on one count of lying to the FBI regarding his role in getting his son Matthew a job in a Westchester county firm.

Senator Tom Libous said, "It's disappointing, it's the system and I play by the rules and I'm going to play by the rules so we'll figure that out. I'll have to talk with the Senate, figure out how that happens. Certainly if I didn't tell you that it is disappointing, it is."

Defense Attorney, Paul Derophannesian said, As disappointing as it is, this is part of the system and I'm someone who believes strongly in the system. We were treated fairly here even if I don't agree with everything that took place even if I don't agree with the verdict."

According to the state Board of Elections since Libous was found guilty he will need to resign immediately. His seat would remain empty until an election is held to fill it -- which could be a special election. For that to happen the Governor would have to proclaim a special election that would be held between 75 and 80 days after that proclamation.

If the governor does nothing, the remainder of the seat's term would be on the ballot on the regular election day in November.

Current and former leaders from around the southern tier have shared their reaction to today's verdict including Mayor Rich David.

In a statement, the Mayor says, "during his long tenure in office, Senator Libous has delivered results for the Southern Tier. The judicial process has run its course and while today's news marks the end of Senator Libous' service its now time to move forward.

In a written statement Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo told Fox 40 “this is a sad ending to a long career serving our community, Senator Libous and I worked together for many years on behalf of the Southern Tier. It’s important that we remain focused on addressing the critical issues our area faces.”

Meanwhile when former Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan was in office, he called on the State's Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate Libous.

Former Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said, "Justice was served I followed this case very closely. I used to be a defense attorney/public defender for 15 years before he came in and I was pretty sure based on what i have seen that he had violated the public trust in what he did.

Now it's a sad day to see somebody who served this community for so many years get convicted of a felony but I think justice was served."

According to the state Board of Elections since Libous was found guilty he will need to resign immediately. His seat would remain empty until an election is held to fill it, which could be a special election. For that to happen the Governor would have to proclaim a special election that would be held between 75 and 80 days after that proclamation. If the Governor does nothing, the remainder of the seat's term would be on the ballot on the regular election day in November.