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Default Re: FBI: NYS Assembly Speaker Jew Vermin Sheldon Silver Arrested On Corruption Charges


Corrupt ex-pol Sheldon Silver still freely roams NYC after conviction
By Kevin Fasick, Bernadette Hogan and Aaron Feis
August 27, 2019 | 9:59pm | Updated

Disgraced State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
Rashid Umar Abbasi

There’s still no cell for Shel.

Some 474 days after former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted — for the second time — of peddling his office’s influence in exchange for millions in kickbacks, he remains a free man.

Silver, 75, still hasn’t spent a single night behind bars, as his case is again before a panel of federal appeals court judges and continues to live on public funds — his nearly $7,000 monthly state pension.

But Silver, spotted strolling around his Lower East Side stomping grounds on Tuesday, hardly had the gracious demeanor of a man free to enjoy a beautiful late summer day.

“You’ll make it up anyway, so why should I tell you?” Silver snapped at a Post reporter who asked him how he was spending his time on the outside.

The disgraced former speaker then retreated into his apartment building.

Silver reemerged a short time later but again refused to talk and cut through a park to head back into his Grand Street building.

After a 2015 federal conviction on charges including extortion, money laundering and fraud was overturned on appeal, Silver was again found guilty on May 11, 2018, and sentenced two months later to seven years behind bars.

But, despite twice being convicted of selling the power of one of the highest seats in the state in exchange for some $4 million in dirty money, Silver — who posted $200,000 bail when his first trial began — remains a man about town, in part thanks to a healthy state pension.

Though many of Silver’s assets are temporarily frozen amid the protracted legal saga, he is still drawing a $6,601.89 monthly pension, as he has since his December 2015 retirement, forced by his conviction, according to the State Comptroller’s Office.

In the interim, a review of Silver’s second conviction is ongoing — a process with no firm deadline — that could culminate in his going a third round with federal prosecutors.

Following his initial conviction, Silver’s lawyers appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel heard arguments from both sides in March but have yet to issue a ruling.

They could either uphold the conviction — leaving Silver the option to appeal to the US Supreme Court — or overturn it, meaning he could face a third trial.

In 2016, the nation’s highest court issued a ruling that narrowed the definition of an “official act” and how it should be used to instruct juries considering public corruption charges.

The Second Circuit — which mulled Silver’s first appeal and is eying his second — cited that ruling in the initial reversal, claiming that a properly instructed jury may not have found Silver guilty.

Silver was convicted of engaging in two quid-pro-quo schemes of exerting his influence to line his pockets.

In one scam, Silver steered $500,000 in taxpayer-funded research grants to a Columbia University cancer doctor in exchange for the doctor directing asbestos patients to Silver’s law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg.

Silver’s legal team employed a blunt but ultimately unsuccessful tactic at the opening of his second trial, contending that while Silver’s actions were unseemly, they were not illegal.

“Distasteful is not criminal,” said lead defense attorney (((Michael Feldberg))) at the time.

“A conflict of interest is not a criminal offense.”
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