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NY court overturns corruption conviction of ex-assemblyman Silver

14 July 2017, 12:47 | Rodolfo Quinn

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted of federal corruption charges in 2015

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted of federal corruption charges in 2015

The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said jury instructions in Silver's case did not reflect the Supreme Court's narrowed meaning of official acts that can support a federal bribery conviction.

A federal appeals court's decision to overturn the convictions of former New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver shows how public corruption cases have become much more hard to substantiate in the wake of a Supreme Court decision narrowing what qualifies as corruption, legal analysts said.

McDonnell, once a rising star in Republican politics, was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2014. Others predicted that the conviction would stand, while pointing to the McDonnell case as a potential threat.

"We look forward to presenting to another jury the evidence of decades-long corruption by one of the most powerful politicians in New York State history", Kim said.

Dr. Robert Taub was sacked from his cancer research gig at Columbia University after testifying that he received $500,000 in state research grants in exchange for referring sick patients to Silver's law firm Weitz & Luxenberg.

Taub, who testified during the trial but was not prosecuted, referred his patients to Weitz & Luxenberg to file legal claims.

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Attorneys for Silver also could not immediately be reached.

Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the judge, Valerie E. Caproni, but he was allowed to remain free pending his appeal.

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In Silver's almost month-long trial in 2015, the jury had been instructed by Manhattan District Court Judge Valarie Caproni that an official misconduct was "any action taken or to be taken under color of official authority". "The Supreme Court changed the law". Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim all but promised on Thursday to bring the case back to court.

Blair Horner, a longtime watchdog with the New York Public Interest Research Group, said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislators "already have thrown in the towel" when it comes to fighting corruption.

Prosecutors accused Silver of collecting close to $4 million of illegal fees for awarding state grants to a top cancer researcher, and steering real estate developers to a friend's law firm and supporting their interests on rent legislation.

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