Sheldon Silver, 72, the former assembly speaker of New York has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption. Silver was convicted November 2015 and has been awaiting sentencing for the past five months. United States Attorney Preet Bharara launched the campaign against corruption among New York legislators with Silver at the center of his efforts.
Several people have been convicted of corruption or pled guilty as a result of the crusade to remove corrupt officials within the city’s legislature. While there have been more than a dozen convictions, Silver has been seen as the most perverse because of the length of time he has held his position. He has served over two decades in his role and the heinous nature of the crimes in which he is convicted.
The former assembly member was convicted of honest services fraud, money laundering, and extortion. As a result of his conviction, he gave up his seat in the assembly. His lawyers were seeking a sentence of community service for the charges. The judge, Valerie E. Caproni, felt that his crimes and the immeasurable harm he has done to the people of New York warranted a much harsher sentence. The prosecutors were determined to make an example of the disgraced politician and requested the maximum sentence.
By Gichele Cocrelle
Edited by Jeanette Smith
New York Times: Sheldon Silver, ex-New York Assembly Speaker, gets 12-year sentence
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