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Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Convicted After 2nd Graft Trial

12 May 2018

Former New York Assembly speaker is convicted... The court ruled that the jury had received improper instructions in light of the Supreme Court's 2016 decision overturning the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

Silver was originally sentenced to 12 years in 2015 before his original conviction was overturned.

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Friday was convicted for the second time for accepting millions of dollars in illicit referral fees from developers and an asbestos disease doctor and for taking official action on their behalf.

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Prosecutors said Silver illegally earned $4 million from a cancer researcher and real estate developers who benefited from his clout in state government.

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.

A federal jury in Manhattan found Silver, a Democrat from Manhattan, guilty of all seven felony counts he was facing.

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Both Silver and Skelos forfeited their seats in late 2015 after each was convicted in a separate corruption trial.

Taub, testifying last week, recalled that a mutual friend had told him that "Shelly wants cases".

In the second scheme, prosecutors showed Silver had the two developers, Glenwood Management and the Witkoff Group, move certain tax business to a law firm, Goldberg & Iryami, which also kicked back to Silver a portion of its fees. Silver was of counsel at the law firm, though he did little legal work.

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"I feel disappointed at this point", Silver said, according to the Associated Press.

Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Convicted After 2nd Graft Trial