Second Trial Beginning for Ex-Assembly Speaker


The second trial of New York’s former assembly speaker begins Monday in federal court after his first, in 2015, was reversed last July. Sheldon Silver had been convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Silver, 74, is a Democrat who was once among the most powerful people in the state. The trial is likely to largely be a repeat of the last, tailored slightly to conform to a June 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of a corrupt act.

Silver has insisted he is not guilty. A jury was chosen earlier this month to hear the retrial at a federal court in Manhattan.

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