NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can stay out of prison while his public corruption conviction is appealed, a court said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's quest to avoid prison got a boost when a panel of appeals judges heard his appeal Wednesday, questioning whether his actions were...
Ex-New York Assembly speaker wins more weeks of freedom
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free a few more months while he appeals his bribery conviction, an appeals court decided Wednesday, two days before he was to report to prison .
Judge Jose A. Cabranes of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the good news for the 74-year-old Democrat after hearing oral arguments along with two other judges. Silver was not in court.
Appeals judge blocks prison date for New York politician
NEW YORK (AP) — The former leader of New York's Assembly can stay out of prison until a judicial panel decides whether he can remain free on bail while he appeals his sentence for public corruption, a federal appeals judge said Tuesday.
Ex-aide to New York Gov. Cuomo gets 6 years in prison
NEW YORK (AP) — A former aide so close to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he considered him like a brother was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for fraud and accepting bribes. The judge said she hopes the punishment "will be heard in Albany."
U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni noted that the sentencing of Joseph Percoco occurred amid other recent high-profile convictions of state leaders.
Judge denies ex-NY Assembly speaker bail pending appeal
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has denied an ex-New York Assembly speaker bail pending the appeal of his corruption conviction and seven-year prison term.
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni says in a written opinion Monday that the substance of Sheldon Silver's appeal lacks merit.
She noted the 74-year-old Silver's age and said the true purpose of his appeal is to postpone his day of reckoning. Silver is scheduled to report to prison Oct. 5.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sheldon Silver, a former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before criminal charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison by a judge who said political corruption in the state must end.
The punishment, announced by U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni, amounts to five fewer years in prison than she gave him after he was initially convicted in the case in 2015.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (all times local):
A federal judge who sentenced one of New York's longtime Democratic power brokers to seven years in prison says political corruption in New York state "has to stop."
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Friday begged for mercy at his sentencing next week on corruption charges, telling a judge that he is filled with shame and prays he will not die in prison.
The 74-year-old Democrat submitted a letter in Manhattan federal court, saying he and his wife "are both crumbling" after he was convicted in May at a retrial on corruption charges. He said he hardly sleeps and thinks of nothing except his criminal case.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges of pressuring businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican's political support.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two criminal trials over allegations of high-level corruption in New York state were both drawing to a close Wednesday on the same floor atop a federal courthouse with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline.
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges Friday, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid years in prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.
The verdict, which came on the first full-day of deliberations, was a repeat of the outcome in Silver's first trial in 2015.
Jury convicts former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges
NEW YORK (AP) — Jury convicts former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges.
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury is still deliberating in the corruption case against former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
The deliberations, which began Thursday and resumed Friday, come more than two years after Silver's first trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence. An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption.
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor cited a "mountain of evidence" against New York's former assembly speaker and called for a guilty verdict Thursday while a defense attorney said his client committed no crime.
The lawyers made their closing arguments in Sheldon Silver's second trial, and jurors deliberated less than an hour over his mail fraud, wire fraud and extortion charges. They were to return Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor accused New York's former assembly speaker Monday of taking millions of dollars in legal fees as bribes, while a defense lawyer insisted there was nothing illegal about the transactions.
Sheldon Silver, who for years was one of the most powerful politicians in the state, was "blinded by greed," Assistant U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in opening statements at Silver's bribery trial in federal court in Manhattan. "He abused his power for personal gain."
Ex-NY Speaker Corruption Trial Begins
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's former assembly speaker returns to federal court Monday to listen as prosecutors accuse him for a second time of collecting $4 million in illegal kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers.
This will be the second criminal trial for Sheldon Silver, 74, a Democrat who was once among the most politically powerful people in the state.
Ex-New York assembly speaker’s trial set for April 30
NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements in the corruption trial of New York's former assembly speaker have been postponed until April 30.
Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni publicly announced the date in a court filing Wednesday for the retrial of Democrat Sheldon Silver.
Jury selection will occur Monday, as previously scheduled. Openings were delayed after prosecutors said Tuesday that a key witness was ill.
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has refused to toss out the charges facing New York's former assembly speaker.
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni on Tuesday rejected a variety of reasons that lawyers for Sheldon Silver say the indictment should be thrown out and no retrial should occur.
The 74-year-old Democrat is scheduled to go on trial on April 16. In July, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his 2015 conviction and 12-year prison sentence.
Judge: Ex-NY Assembly speaker’s trial firmly set for April
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday that the retrial of New York's former assembly speaker will proceed on schedule after his "Hail Mary" appeal to the Supreme Court failed.
U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni refused to delay the April 16 retrial for Sheldon Silver at the request of the Democrat's new lawyer, Michael Feldberg.
She said Silver, 73, was aware of the trial date when he asked the Supreme Court months ago to end his prosecution.
Ex-NY Senate leader Skelos gets new trial in corruption case
NEW YORK (AP) — A former state Senate leader and his son were granted new trials Tuesday in a corruption case that roiled a scandal-ridden statehouse. Dean Skelos is the latest in a series of powerful politicians whose convictions unraveled because of a recent Supreme Court decision.
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From former Lackawanna County Commissioner Bob Cordaro to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fatah of Philadelphia, disgraced politicians hope to be rescued by an ill-considered 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Lawmakers facing corruption charges see hope in court ruling
NEW YORK (AP) — Politicians accused of illegal influence peddling, bribe-taking and other crimes have been given fresh hope that a year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling will get them off the hook.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos asked an appeals court Monday for a new trial, citing the precedent set when former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last month was granted a new trial on corruption charges.
Attorney Alexandra Shapiro wrote in papers filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that the Republican Skelos, like the Democrat Silver, is entitled to a new trial because public corruption laws were recently freshly defined by the U.S. Supreme Court.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to set a spring retrial date for ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
The government asked the judge in Manhattan to schedule a trial for March, April or May.
The request comes a day after an appeals court agreed to let Silver's lawyers ask the U.S. Supreme Court to look at the case. The Supreme Court turns down most requests.
Ex-New York speaker can appeal case to Supreme Court
NEW YORK (AP) — Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case rather than go straight to a retrial after appeals judges cleared the way Thursday.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Democrat can ask the high court to look at his case after lawyers for the longtime state power broker argued that it was better to do it now than after a retrial.
In a recent speech in Poland, President Donald Trump asked whether the West “has the will to survive.” It’s a good question, but aimed in the wrong direction. While Trump spoke about foreign aggression, the real threat to the West is the collapse of ethical norms, led by Trump and others like him. America is engulfed in a tsunami of unethical activity, and there is no assurance it has the will to save itself.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's lawyers say he should not face retrial in his corruption case — at least until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews it. A prosecutor called the move a "delay tactic."
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The 2016 Supreme Court decision that recently led an appeals court to throw out the conviction of a prominent New York politician shouldn't be used as a lifeline by New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez to have his own corruption charges dismissed, federal prosecutors wrote in a court filing Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is counting on the U.S. Supreme Court reviewing the case before the once-powerful politician endures a second trial on corruption charges.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Lawyers for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez are trying again to have political corruption charges against him thrown out, citing a 2016 Supreme Court decision and recent rulings they say narrow the scope of the federal bribery statute.
In a court filing Tuesday, they point to an appeals court ruling last week that reversed the corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Critics of the New York Legislature's chronic corruption problem say a federal court's decision to overturn the conviction of ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver is proof that the state can't count solely on federal prosecutors to clean up its mess.
NEW YORK (AP) — The corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court that found sufficient evidence but flawed jury instructions in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of what it takes to convict a public official. Prosecutors vowed to retry him.
Sheldon Silver Corruption Conviction Overturned
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court overturning the corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (all times local):
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (bahr-AHR'-ah) is defending his prosecution of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after Silver's conviction was reversed.
Former US attorney Preet Bharara has a book deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney fired earlier this year by President Donald Trump, has a book deal.
Appeals judges question ex-Assembly speaker’s conviction
NEW YORK (AP) — Appeals court judges in New York seemed receptive Thursday to arguments that a recent Supreme Court ruling casts doubt on ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's public corruption conviction.
But the three-judge 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Manhattan did not say how it will rule after hearing over an hour of oral arguments.
2 firms to pay NY $270,000 to settle lobbying allegations
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two New York companies will pay financial penalties to a state ethics body to settle allegations that they violated lobbying laws.
The accusations were connected to federal corruption cases that brought down former Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ex-Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos.
Heastie re-elected as speaker of NY Assembly
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Carl Heastie of the Bronx has been re-elected Speaker of the New York state Assembly.
The Bronx Democrat was re-elected by the Assembly's Democratic majority on Tuesday during a gathering in Albany.
Heastie was first tapped to be speaker last year when he replaced longtime Speaker Sheldon Silver following Silver's arrest on corruption charges. Silver was later convicted.
Judge: New York ex-Assembly speaker can remain free for now
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free while he appeals his conviction and 12-year prison sentence.
Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni ruled Thursday. The 72-year-old Democrat was convicted last year in a $5 million corruption scandal.
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says New York's former Senate majority leader can remain free on bail while appealing extortion and bribery convictions.
Manhattan Judge Kimba Wood ruled Thursday. She said Dean Skelos, a Republican, and his son, Adam, raised a substantial question on appeal in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling.
The father and son were convicted last year of extortion, conspiracy and bribery. Earlier this year, Wood sentenced Dean Skelos to five years...
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling reversing the conviction of a former Virginia governor is no reason to let two convicted former top New York legislators remain free pending appeal.
Federal prosecutors argued in papers filed Monday in Manhattan federal court. Democratic former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) are asking to remain free after their convictions on public...
NEW YORK (AP) — Reacting to a Supreme Court ruling, two former top New York State legislators convicted of public corruption crimes are urging judges to let them remain free pending appeal.
Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) made the requests in Manhattan federal court on Monday.
Silver, a Democrat, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted last year in a $5 million corruption...