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December 11, 2015

Columbia University Sanctions Doctor at Heart of Sheldon Silver Corruption Conviction

Columbia University has sanctioned the oncologist at the heart of the conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

“Columbia University can’t fire Dr. Robert Taub — who funneled cancer patients to disgraced politician Sheldon Silver in exchange for funding — so they’ve stripped the tenured professor of his grant money, title and staff raises,” reports the New York Post.

Columbia had tried to fire Taub after Silver was indicted, but a judge ordered that Taub could remain in his job pending the outcome of a civil trial.

“Taub testified that he sent Silver up to 50 cancer patients and, in exchange, got $500,000 in taxpayer-funded grants,” reports the Post. “Silver then referred the cases to an asbestos law firm that paid him $3 million in legal fees.”

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