libous1U.S. District Court Judge VIncent Briccetti has rejected an effort by Republican former Sen. Tom Libous to have his felony conviction tossed, determining the evidence in his trial was sufficient enough to determine that he lied in an interview with federal law enforcement.

Briccetti’s ruling, which came down late last week, is a blow to Libous’s legal battle and came after his attorneys filed motions in an effort to toss the July conviction or seek a new trial.

The ruling was first reported by Gannett.

Libous automatically lost his seat in July when he was convicted on a charge of lying to the FBI in a case stemming from his son receiving a job from a politically connected law firm.

Libous’s son, Matthew, earned $150,000 a year at the Westchester County law firm, was sentenced to federal prison for six months following his conviction on tax evasion charges.

The former lawmaker’s attorney, Paul DerOhanessian, argued the federal government’s case relied heavily on part from the credibility of its chief witness, Anthony Mangone, a disbarred attorney.

“The only question is whether the evidence taken as a whole and construed in a light most favorable to the government supports the jury’s verdict,” Briccetti wrote. “It does.”

Libous is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 30, at which point he can file an appeal in the case.

Libous by Nick Reisman