Friday, July 27, 2018

‘Deeply Corrupt’ Sheldon Silver Sentenced to 7 Years

Moved by the 74-year-old’s fears of dying behind bars, a federal judge slammed former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as “deeply corrupt” before dealing him a 7-year prison sentence.

“He’s exactly what too many people think that all politicians are, which is deeply corrupt,” U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said, skewering the twice-convicted Democrat at a roughly hour-long sentencing hearing.

In January 2015, federal prosecutors torpedoed Silver’s political career by accusing him of accepting $3 million in bribes through two law firms. The charges would become the opening shot of an anti-corruption crackdown that would jolt both branches of the New York Legislature – and ultimately, insiders at the governor’s office.

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