Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver judge considers political corruption sentences

Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni will be deciding former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's corruption sentence. The 71-year-old has been disbarred and stripped of his political title and faces up to 130 years in prison. Among other convictions, he used his political power to pocket millions of dollars in law firm referral fees in a quid pro quo agreement with an asbestos injury researcher.

Sentencings for Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver are Now Set for Same Day

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be sentenced on the same day as former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Both former politicians were convicted in public corruption trials last year. Silver was found guilty for having a quid pro quo agreement with a mesothelioma researcher and Silver's firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, in which Silver gave state money to the researcher and then received law firm bonuses for referring asbestos injury patients to the firm.

Judge Plans to Unseal Secret Papers in Sheldon Silver’s Case

At a hearing on Feb. 11, 2016, in Federal District Court in Manhattan, prosecutors sought the release of sealed information from the Sheldon Silver trial. Judge Valerie Caproni heard legal arguments from both sides about the materials, and her ruling and redacted materials may be forthcoming in the next several weeks. Also, the New York Times and NBCUniversal filed papers asking for the materials to be made public. At issue is information related to non-parties of the case, and the potential impact of the information on post-verdict motions and Silver’s sentencing and appeal.

Secrets of the Silver Trial: A Secret Powerbroker and the Chief Judge

New York political writer Wayne Barrett describes the long history of Sheldon Silver as political power broker, his long relationship with New York Court of Appeals chief judge Jonathan Lippmann (whom Silver convinced Governor Patterson to name to the states high court), and Lippmann’s naming of Supreme Court justice Sherry Heitler to the Appellate Division (Heitler reinstated punitive damages for asbestos cases, to the great benefit of Silver’s longtime law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg). Barrett also describes how Daniel Chill was “the mystery man at the heart of the criminal case against Silver.” Chill, reportedly ran interference between Dr. Robert Taub and Silver, setting up the Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos patient referrals and greasing Silver’s state grants to Taub.

Fix Asbestos Litigation in New York

At the core of the investigation and conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is the "wildly profitable world of asbestos litigation," Tom Stebbins of Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York observes. In the current system, plaintiffs lawyers can file separate lawsuits against different companies with little documentation or oversight. Asbestos transparency bill S.5504, sponsored by Sen. Tom O'Mara, would make the process more open.

With Sheldon Silver convicted, N.Y. legal reform sees chance at more success

Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, says the conviction of Sheldon Silver has brought the dawn of a "new day in Albany." Stebbins draws a connection between Silver's quid pro quo agreement with asbestos researcher Dr. Robert Taub and NYCAL's recent No. 1 ATRA Judicial Hellhole ranking.

Reasons to Love New York: Because Sheldon Silver is Finally a Felon

Now on New York Magazine's list of "Reasons to Love New York" is the conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's conviction. Author Wayne Barrett recounts Silver's corrupt acts, both more and lesser known, and their implications for the people of New York.

Sheldon Silver gravy train runs dry after scandal

Weitz & Luxenberg, the private law firm that former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver worked for, has experienced a 17 percent decline in new cases. An unnamed defense attorney observed that the drop could be a result of doctors shying away from the law firm because of its repeated referrals from Dr. Robert Taub, the cancer researcher who had a quid pro quo agreement with Silver.

Letter: Common-sense legal reforms are long overdue in New York

Reforming the asbestos claims system is imperative, as the Sheldon Silver trial and conviction has shown. The currently fraud-riddled trust process need to be made more transparent. It's common sense, the author adds.

What the Silver Conviction Reveals about Asbestos Litigation Fraud

The conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reveals more than just the corruption in New York politics -- it points to the extent of fraud in asbestos litigation. Personal injury lawyers have "turned true victims of asbestos exposure into pawns" while enriching themselves, the Institute for Legal Reform observes. The asbestos litigation system is no longer accomplishing what it was set up to do -- provide financial support for legitimate asbestos claimants.

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