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Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Returns To Court For Corruption Retrial

April 30, 2018 - 1:39 pm
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ALBANY (1010 WINS/AP) -- The second trial for former assembly speaker Sheldon Silver is likely to be a repeat of a 2015 trial but with language that will conform to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of corruption.
 
Opening statements began Monday in the corruption retrial. 
 
The 74-year-old Silver has insisted he is not guilty.
 
A jury was chosen earlier this month to hear the retrial in Manhattan federal court.

Silver is accused of trading favors that earned him $5 million, which he then invested to make even more money, prosecutors say.

Silver's conviction and 12-year prison sentence was reversed last July after the Supreme Court in June 2016 reversed the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Silver was once one of of the most powerful people in New York state politics – along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Senate leader Dean Skelos. The trio was sometimes called the “three men in a room.”

He served as leader of the state Assembly from 1994 through early 2015.