Sheldon Silver

Will Sheldon Silver's Conviction Tip Course of Asbestos Litigation? It Might.

Former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's federal conviction on seven counts of illegal activity may bring in a new era and new focus on fraud and deceit in asbestos claims, Sara Warner observes. Will procedural reforms, RICO suits and transparency bring down the money tree that has been shaken by asbestos plaintiff lawyers for decades? Will asbestos claimants be further hurt by some personal injury lawyers' actions?

Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Is Found Guilty on All Counts

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted on Nov. 30, 2015 for ginning up state grants to a doctor in exchange for mesothelioma patient referrals to Silver’s law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg. The law firm then paid Silver millions in referral payments. In all, Silver was convicted on all seven federal counts of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, called Silver’s acts “show-me-the-money” conduct.  

Sheldon Silver Starts Appeal Process to Reverse Corruption Conviction

Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni granted Sheldon Silver bail during his appeal of a 12-year corruption conviction. Although the McDonnell Supreme Court ruling narrows the definition of corruption, Judge Caproni still believes he is guilty. Silver was convicted in late 2015 after funneling more than $500,000 in state funding to a researcher at Columbia University in exchange for referrals of Mesothelioma patients to a law firm that kicked-back $3 million to Silver.

Appeals court considers overturning sentence of former NY Assembly speaker

Federal appeals judges weighed whether or not former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction can stand based on its similarity to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction, which was overturned. Among other charges, Silver was convicted in late 2015 for engaging in a quid pro quo agreement with a mesothelioma researcher to whom he funneled state research funding in exchange for asbestos claimant referrals.

Sheldon Silver left legacy of high awards in asbestos suits against city

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has already been convicted, but his legacy of fraud in the asbestos litigation system is still evident, according to the American Tort Reform Association's ranking of New York City as the third most plaintiff-friendly region in the United States. The top two "Judicial Hellholes" are St. Louis and California, according to the report.

Supreme Court Disbars Sheldon Silver Over Conviction

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been disbarred by the Supreme Court following his convictions of honest services fraud, money laundering and extortion in late 2015. Silver, while serving as Assembly Speaker, had a quid pro quo agreement with a mesothelioma researcher in which he exchanged state research funds for referrals to his private law practice.

Supreme Court Disbars Sheldon Silver Over Conviction

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been disbarred by the Supreme Court following his convictions of honest services fraud, money laundering and extortion in late 2015. Silver, while serving as Assembly Speaker, had a quid pro quo agreement with a mesothelioma researcher in which he exchanged state research funds for referrals to his private law practice.

Court ruling could allow feds to seize Silver and Skelos’ pensions

The ruling in Assemblyman Eric Stevenson's case could make way for New York authorities to seize the pensions of corrupt politicians like former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. In the ruling, the court said federal law overtakes state constitutions' protections of retirement funds in cases of forfeiture.

Preet Bharara wants Sheldon Silver to go straight to jail

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should go directly to jail, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara wrote in a letter to federal judge Valerie Caproni. Silver was sentenced to 12 years in jail for charges including his quid pro quo agreement with an asbestos researcher that involved state grants and payoffs to Silver from his private law firm.

You Paid for It: Sheldon Silver Money

The DoJ hasn’t decided where some of the money from Sheldon Silver’s forfeiture payment and fine totaling approximately $7 million will go. The $5 million forfeiture payment will go to the Department of Justice Assets forfeiture fund, and can be used to compensate victims and support specific law enforcement efforts. It is unclear whether New York taxpayers will see any benefit from the money. 

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