Jury convicts ex-Assembly leader in public corruption trial

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves federal court, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in New York, after attending a pretrial hearing to discuss his retrial. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The verdict came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence.

Posted: May. 11, 2018 5:36 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.

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The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence.

An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption.

Prosecutors said Silver illegally earned $4 million from a cancer researcher and real estate developers who benefited from his clout in state government.

Defense lawyers countered that his fees were "perfectly legal."

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