Ex-Assembly Speaker Issues Notice of Appeal

NEW YORK - Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Wednesday issued notice to the federal appeals court that he intends to appeal his guilty verdict and 12-year sentence.

The note to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan came as a federal judge allowed Silver to wait until August 31 to report to prison, rather than July 1. Silver’s attorneys have argued that the Supreme Court will be issuing a ruling this summer in a case that could affect his conviction, the Daily News reported.

In related news, a judge earlier this week issued an order letting former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos remain free on bail for three months so the judge can consider the effect of any Supreme Court ruling. Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison.

The ruling is on the case of ex-Gov. Robert McDonnell of Virginia, who appealed his theft of honest service conviction to the nation’s highest court. He had been convicted of charges similar to Silver’s and Skelos’s.