United States: U.S. Supreme Court spurns former New York lawmaker Silver’s appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by Sheldon Silver, the once-powerful New York State Assembly Speaker, of his conviction on corruption charges that resulted in a 6-1/2-year prison sentence.

Silver, 76, began serving his sentence last August despite being in poor health. He had appealed the portions of his 2018 conviction that were upheld in January 2020 by the Manhattan-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Two conservative justices, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas said they would have taken up Silver’s appeal.

Meir Feder, a lawyer for Silver, declined to comment.

Silver, a Democrat, was accused of accepting close to $4 million in illegal payments in exchange for taking official actions in two separate schemes.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

(Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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