Sheldon Silver

Feds beef up Silver indictment with new charge

New court papers claim that former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver invested $340,000 under a family member's name to avoid disclosure laws. Federal prosecutors revised Silver's indictment Thursday based on these allegations. 

New Charge Filed Against Sheldon Silver

Federal prosecutors added a new charge to former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's indictment Thursday. The charge alleges that Silver took actions as a state official in exchange for being able to put illegally obtained funds into investment opportunities. This charge amends Silver's February 2015 indictment, which included mail fraud, extortion and wire fraud.

An Asbestos Silver Lining

Corruption charges naming former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are revealing unseemly connections between the politicians and asbestos trial lawyers, and the public airing of dirty laundry is bearing fruit. Consider the revealing drama in New York’s asbestos court, where defense lawyers reportedly say the “docket has been rigged to favor one tort firm, Weitz & Luxenberg.”  The lawyers also wrote to the new NYCAL chief judge, Peter Moulton, that the excesses in this court are out-of-step with other prominent asbestos venues.

Ex-NY Assembly speaker loses bid to dismiss corruption charges

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni ruled on April 10, 2015 that she would not dismiss former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's federal corruption charges. Silver's lawyers had sought dismissal arguing that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's comments following Silver's arrest were prejudicial. Judge Caproni reportedly said Silver's counsel had not established grounds for taking the "extreme step" of dismissing the charges.

‘Judicial malpractice’ not to probe court tied to Silver: Judge

The new chief judge for New York City's asbestos docket, Justice Peter Moulton, plans to probe accusations of the court giving favorable treatment to Sheldon Silver-linked firm Weitz & Luxenberg. “You can be assured that I’ll be looking under the hood scrupulously,” Justice Peter Moulton told an audience of more than 200 lawyers involved in asbestos litigation, at a special public meeting at Manhattan Supreme Court. Moulton also promised transparency in all future asbestos cases, with all motions being heard in open court.

Asbestos firms ready to fight Silver’s ‘slanted legal system’

A group of 45 law firms have banded together to "revolt" against what the say is a slanted legal system. Following former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's indictment, asbestos defense lawyers are calling for an overhaul of the New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) case management rules, which they say favors firms like Weitz & Luxenberg. This plaintiff firm engineered a return to punitive damages in NYCAL, which defense lawyers say is leading to "jackpot justice" awards, and they have requested a 60-day stay of asbestos litigation.

Feds seeking to seize Sheldon Silver’s kickback cash

If Sheldon Silver is convicted, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara plans to seize his Albany pension, two of his homes and some of his financial accounts. Bharara filed a motion seeking a court-ordered seizure of the assets on March 31, 2015. Silver has been indicted for a fraud and kickback scheme to generate asbestos injury claims.

Sheldon Silver-linked law firm has hand in asbestos fund

Sheldon Silver’s former law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, which has been accused of using its relationship with Silver in the New York City Asbestos Litigation court (NYCAL), is being scrutinized for its extensive ties to asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The law firm helps to control 15 of these trusts, which have paid out over $12 billion in the past ten years, and it files claims against these and other trusts for its own clients. The author points out that the “system is rife with double-dipping abuse.”

If you don't want fleas, don't lie down with dogs

The Madison St.-Clair Record editorializes about how asbestos plaintiffs attorneys should exercise caution when sponsoring research to help expand asbestos-related litigation. The example of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, recently indicted for secretly exchanging state research funds for referrals of asbestos clients for his law firm, is cited. The editorial points out that "Sheldon Silver was a dog not to lie down with," given his recent troubles.

Prosecutor responds to former N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver’s motion to dismiss indictment

In regard to Sheldon Silver's February 24, 2015 motion to dismiss because of pre-trial publicity, filed by Silver's attorney Steven Molo, U.S. prosecutor Preet Bharara responded that his office has long provided leadership in “combating public corruption through prosecutions of public officials who use their office for self-enrichment or who otherwise abuse their official positions.” Bharara added that no court has found reason to dismiss an indictment as a result of pretrial publicity.  Further, he said “The defendant does not proffer any evidence that the indictment was not properly returned, that anything improper occurred in the grand jury, or that he suffered any actual prejudice in the return of the indictment.”

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