Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver found guilty in corruption retrial

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver found guilty- again Ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver convicted of corruption, again
Ellis Copeland | 12 May, 2018, 03:33

But both men's convictions were overturned past year after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling that reversed the conviction of Bob McDonnell, a former Republican governor of Virginia, narrowed the kind of quid-pro-quo actions that could constitute corruption.

Silver, a Democrat, represented Manhattan's Lower East Side, and was Assembly speaker from 1994 to 2015.

A jury found Sheldon Silver guilty for the second time on Friday, wrapping up the more than week-long re-trial of the former Assembly speaker on charges he was first convicted for in 2015.

The Supreme Court found in that decision that routine political activities such as arranging meetings or reaching out to public officials were not "official acts" that could be prosecuted under federal bribery law.

"As a unanimous jury found, he sold his public office for private greed", Berman said.

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The verdict, which came on the first full-day of deliberations, was a repeat of the outcome in Silver's first trial in 2015. Skelos is to be retried in June.

Defense lawyers countered that his fees were "perfectly legal".

Taub, testifying last week, recalled that a mutual friend had told him that "Shelly wants cases". The firm then paid Silver more than $3 million in referral fees, prosecutors said.

Silver, 74, was convicted on charges that included honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering, report the New York Times and Newsday. Silver had supported legislation to benefit the developers, according to prosecutors.

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