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Sheldon Silver Found Guilty of All Charges in Corruption Case

Former New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver walks from federal court after being found guilty on all counts. PHOTO: Newsday/Craig Ruttle

The former State Assembly speaker was convicted of the same charges in 2015, but that was reversed on appeal. He will be sentenced July 13.

By James T. Madore | 11 May 2018

NEWSDAY — Former [New York] Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Friday on federal corruption charges in his retrial, the same verdict that he received three years ago.

Jurors found Silver guilty of all seven counts of improperly receiving millions of dollars in referral fees in return for directing state actions that benefited a cancer doctor and two real estate developers. The quid pro quo schemes took place for about 10 years when Silver was among state government’s three most powerful individuals.

Silver, 74, lowered his head upon hearing the verdict shortly before 5 p.m. in Manhattan federal court but otherwise showed no reaction. Later, he told reporters that he was confident he would win another appeal.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed at this point,” Silver said. But “I’m confident that the judicial process will play out in my favor.” […]

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