Conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver overturned

Conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver overturned

Conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver overturned

But the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan also said federal prosecutors had presented "sufficient" evidence to prove the honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering counts on which Silver was convicted in November 2015.

The corruption conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been overturned.

In its conclusion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan cited a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision past year that allowed Virginia Gov. But the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan concluded, in light of the Supreme Court's Bob McDonnell decision that narrowed the definition of official conduct, that the jury instructions given by the judge in Silver's trial were erroneous and that a properly instructed jury might not have convicted him.

The other scheme involved two real estate developers, Glenwood Management and the Witkoff Group, that used another law firm with ties to Silver at his behest. "Silver's defense attorneys argued that this obvious corruption was simply business as usual in Albany, which the Supreme Court confirmed in McDonnell-defying the common sense of two NY juries and honest people everywhere", she said in a statement.

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"Let us be clear, the facts are not in question. Mr".

Before receiving a 12-year sentence two years ago, Silver had been one of the most powerful politicians in Albany, occupying the top Democratic post in the New York Legislature. He was accused of taking $4 million in illegal payments.

Additional details are available on the New York Times website.

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