Silver Misses The Silver Lining

Embattled NY Speaker of the House Sheldon Silver was reportedly one of New York’s most powerful politicians for two decades running. The emphasis is on “was.”

Following a three-week trial, the Huffington Post reports that on Monday a federal jury found Silver, 71, guilty of money laundering, extortion and fraud. He stood accused of, “abusing his office to collect as much as $4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks.”

Allegedly, he joined the NY Governor and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos in controlling virtually all legislation. Skelos faces his own trial in the same federal court.

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