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Ex-Dem NY Speaker Sheldon Silver found guilty in second corruption trial

Sheldon Silver guilty in multimillion dollar corruption case Modal Trigger Sheldon Silver Getty Images
Ray Hunter | 13 May, 2018, 00:46

Ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was found guilty on all seven counts in his corruption retrial Friday.

"If we are going to protect our democracy and restore the trust of New Yorkers, we must fight for good government in Albany, not just the courts", former federal prosecutor, Senator Todd Kaminsky, said of the guilty verdict.

Following a almost two-week trial, a Manhattan jury convicted Mr. He remained speaker until 2015, when he was arrested on federal corruption charges. The decision comes a year after his 2015 conviction on the same charges was thrown out following a Supreme Court case that narrowed the definition of corruption under the law.

Prosecutors argued that Silver, 73, took $4 million in kickbacks in exchange for using his office to pass legislation that benefited real estate companies while serving on retainer as an attorney for the same firms.

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After his first trial, the judge, Valerie E. Caproni of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, imposed a 12-year sentence on Silver, but he remained free pending his appeal and second trial. Martins said Silver earned $4 million in legal fees and another million dollars by investing the "dirty money".

In addition to trading favors with the real estate developers, it was determined that Silver found jobs for two women he had extramarital affairs with.

Silver, 74, was found guilty on all seven counts brought by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, including charges that he extorted developers Glenwood Management and the Witkoff Group by asking them to direct their tax business to law firm Goldberg & Iryami.

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