Sheldon Silver

Jury hears conflicting portrayals of ex-Assembly speaker

It is evident that "Sheldon Silver was a master of every form of deception — lying, keeping secrets, even splitting hairs," Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goldstein told the jury in closing arguments against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver is accused of having a quid pro quo arrangement with a prominent cancer researcher in which he exchanged state funds for asbestos claimant referrals to his law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg. 

Verdict Sheet From Sheldon Silver's Trial

Federal jury verdict sheet entered November 30, 2015 showing Sheldon former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty on all seven counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, extortion and money laundering.

Silver Found Guilty on 7 Corruption Charges

A federal jury found former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty on seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering. Silver had a quid pro quo arrangement with a prominent cancer researcher in which he exchanged state funds for asbestos patient referrals to his law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, pocketing millions of dollars.

Sheldon Silver, a high-ranking N.Y. politician and asbestos lawyer, found guilty of corruption

A federal jury found former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty on seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering. Silver had a quid pro quo arrangement with a prominent cancer researcher in which he exchanged state funds for asbestos patient referrals to his law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, pocketing millions of dollars. He went to great lengths to conceal his relationship with the doctor, the jury found.

Conviction of Ex-Speaker Sends NY Politics into Turmoil

The conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has yielded a call for an overhaul of the state's corrupt political system by a number of politicians, including Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie, who said, "We will continue to work to root out corruption and demand more of elected officials when it comes to ethical conduct."

Law Firm Leader: Sheldon Silver was Paid for Referrals

Weitz & Luxenberg’s managing partner, Gary Klein, testified during the Silver trial and confirmed that Silver did not practice law for the firm but purely earned his income at the firm through referrals.   

Money for Nothing? Sheldon Silver Trial Sheds Light on Referral Fees

Leaders at Weitz & Luxenberg PC testified that indicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver performed no legal work while serving as “of counsel” at the Manhattan personal injury law firm even though he receive more than $3 million in referral fees.

Closing arguments set in corruption trial of powerful N.Y. politician

A U.S. prosecutor told a jury that former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver "abused his office for a decade," pocketing millions of dollars from corrupt schemes he kept under wraps, Reuters reports.Silver is charged with having a quid pro quo arrangement with a prominent cancer researcher in which he exchanged state funds for asbestos claimant referrals to his private law practice, Weitz & Luxenberg.

Sheldon Silver found guilty on all counts in corruption trial

In Sheldon Silver's corruption trial, the former NY State Assembly Speaker was found guilty on all seven counts of honest services fraud, money laundering and extortion on Nov. 30, 2015. Silver had a quid pro quo arrangement with a prominent cancer researcher in which he exchanged state funds for asbestos claimant referrals to his private law practice, Weitz & Luxenberg. Silver pocketed more than $3 million in referral bonuses from the law firm. The former politician is automatically barred from holding any state position and faces up to 130 years in jail.

Silver cheated us: Claimant’s family says they paid price for illegal scheme

Relatives of an asbestos claimant referred to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s law firm argue they were cheated out of their rightful claim because the lawyers were not as motivated as they would have been if Sheldon Silver didn’t take his 33 percent cut.

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