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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's Corruption Conviction Overturned

14 July 2017

The appeals court tossed Silver's November 2015 conviction on seven counts because of a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limited the definition of "official acts" in public corruption cases.

The appeals court said because those jury instructions were wrong based on the McDonnell decision, the powerful NY lawmaker might have been convicted in error.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim promised a swift retrial, and expressed confidence that his office would secure a conviction.

"The evidence was strong".

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The key government witness who helped bring down Sheldon Silver is hoping the disgraced pol's overturned conviction will help him get his own job back. "There is no doubt that this case is distasteful; it may be worse than that", Roberts wrote in an unpredictably unanimous decision past year.

Kelly Kramer, who heads Mayer Brown's white collar defense practice, also pointed to the Second Circuit's discussion of evidence. And Silver, analysts said, might have similar trouble. Others predicted that the conviction would stand, while pointing to the McDonnell case as a potential threat. The Supreme Court ruled that arranging meetings doesn't count as an "official act" that can prove bribery. Dean Skelos (who is making an appeal similar to Silver's) and a bid-rigging scandal touching on Cuomo's formerly closest aide. Bob McDonnell to escape ethics charges, the New York Times reported.

"There's no question that the government presented evidence relating to Mr". In fact, they rejected every attempt by Silver's legal team to contest the quality of the dirty deeds prosecutors aired during his five-week trial.

Once among New York's most powerful politicians, Silver was accused of collecting close to $4 million of illegal fees for awarding state grants to a prominent cancer researcher, and steering two real estate developers to a friend's law firm and supporting their interests on rent legislation.

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Prosecutors will need to go beyond showing "casual favors", she said.

Dick Dadey of Citizens Union said the Silver reversal reinforces the need for voters to approve a constitutional convention (a referendum that is on the statewide ballot this fall) to create fairer elections and tougher anti-corruption laws.

Taub sued Columbia to get his $300,000-a-year job back but was sacked again in April after an appeals court sided with the university.

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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's Corruption Conviction Overturned