Sheldon Silver

Justices' McDonnell Ruling Raises Issues for Silver, Skelos Appeals

Attorneys for Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos reacted positively to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision reversing the theft of honest services and Hobbs Act extortion convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. However, a spokesman for the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office said "the official actions that led to the convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos fall squarely within the definition set forth by the Supreme Court."

Justices' McDonnell Ruling Raises Issues for Silver, Skelos Appeals

Attorneys for sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos reacted positively to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision reversing the theft of honest services and Hobbs Act extortion convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. However, a spokesman for the Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office said "the official actions that led to the convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos fall squarely within the definition set forth by the Supreme Court."

Supreme Court ruling may have just helped Skelos win a new trial

The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the corruption conviction of ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may have raised the hopes of attorneys for convicted New York politicians Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos, but a spokesperson for federal prosecutor Preet Bharara said the official acts of the New York politicians fall within the limits set in the Supreme Court ruling. 

Convicted NY Pol Sheldon Silver Suspended By High Court

The U.S. Supreme Court suspended former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver from practicing in a May 16, 2016 ruling. Silver was disbarred in March by a New York appellate court, following his conviction on felony extortion charges.

Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $1.75 million May 3, 2016 by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni. Judge Caproni observed that the state's citizens suffered “incalculable, intangible harm.” She added that the corruption “makes the public very cynical.” After listing some of his crimes, the Judge said, “Mr. Silver, those are not the actions of a basically honest person.”

What Sheldon Silver’s Sentence Says About Albany

Albany's reputation is further tarnished by the actions of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $1.75 million on May 3, 2016. The editorial states Silver was found "guilty of selling his office. He was always silent when asked what he did to earn his huge lawyer’s paychecks, never admitting who got what favors for what money. He presided over a Capitol where sexual harassment was covered up and the people’s business was perverted by money." 

Could Silver have beaten the rap and avoided prison?

Former Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $1.75 million -- in part for quietly granting state dollars to a mesothelioma researcher in exchange for claimant referrals to his law firm. "What if he’d blocked the ethics bill that forced him to reveal how much outside income he was making while speaker of the state Assembly?" author Engquist asks. ATRA's Darren McKinney comments on the opinion piece, referencing "the thieving, lying plaintiffs' lawyers Silver served obediently for 20 years as speaker, taking millions on the down-low from them to kill every reasonable bill aimed at reducing the crumbling former Empire State's excessive civil liability while seeing to it that the judicial appointments process was also cooked to favor liability-expanding candidates." 

Sheldon Silver set to be sentenced Tuesday

Sheldon Silver will be sentenced May 3, 2016 by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni. Among other charges, Silver was found guilty last year of pushing state dollars to a Columbia University mesothelioma researcher in exchange for asbestos claimant referrals to his private law practice.

Ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver sentenced to 12 years

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $1.75 million May 3, 2016 by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni. Among other charges, Silver was convicted last year for quietly granting state dollars to a Columbia University mesothelioma researcher in exchange for referrals of asbestos claimants to his asbestos personal injury law firm.

Ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Sentenced to 12 Years

An asbestos patient referral scheme (involving a medical researcher, slush-fund state research grants, and asbestos plaintiff lawyer firm Weitz & Luxenberg) has led former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to be sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted on federal corruption charges.  In addition to the prison sentence, Silver reportedly will pay nearly $7 million in fines and the recovery of illegal kickback payments he received.

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