BUSTED! High Ranking Dem Found Guilty Of Federal Corruption
It’s taking time to drain the swamp. However slowly, it is draining! Former Dem powerhouse was found guilty of all charges of Federal corruption. This is the second time these charges were tried but this time they stuck.
According to The Daily Wire, on Friday, former powerful Democratic speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver was found guilty of federal corruption charges during a retrial after his 2015 conviction for the same charges were thrown out last year.
The jury overseeing the retrial reached their verdict after slightly more than one day of deliberation following a week-and-a-half-long trial that included 26 witnesses and dozens of exhibits, The NY Post reported.
One juror said “yes” between tears when asked if the jury convicted because the government had a strong case. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I feel very, very sorry.”
Silver was convicted of two schemes that earned him a whopping $4 million in kickbacks over a decade, plus $1 million in profits on the illegal gains.
As Written By Bill Sanders With New York Daily News:
Sheldon Silver is still guilty.
The former Assembly speaker was convicted of seven corruption charges Friday in his Manhattan Federal Court retrial.
The venerable Lower East Side pol’s second trial for twin corruption schemes that earned him nearly $4 million was over in a flash. The jury returned its guilty verdicts shortly before 5 p.m. following its first full day of deliberations.
“Sheldon Silver … took an oath to act in the best interests of the people of New York State,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman after his office’s legal triumph.
“As a unanimous jury found, he sold his public office for private greed.”
Judge Valerie Caproni set sentencing for July 13, and continued his bail. “You don’t seem like a bail jumping kind of guy,” the judge told Silver at the end of the hearing.
The veteran Democrat spent more than 20 years as the state Assembly speaker, making him one of New York’s three most powerful politicians.
One of the other three, Gov. Cuomo, issued a terse statement after the verdict, saying, “The justice system shows no one is above the law.”
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