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May 4, 2016

Former NY House Speaker Silver Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison, “ordered to pay a fine of $1.75 million and forfeit about $5.3 million he reaped from the criminal schemes of which he was convicted,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

Silver was convicted over charges he steered state grant money to a doctor whose asbestos research center then referred patients to a law firm, resulting in millions in fees for Silver. 

“I hope the sentence I impose on you will make other politicians think twice, until their better angels take over,” said U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni  “Or, if there are no better angels, perhaps the fear of living out ones golden years in an orange jumpsuit will keep them on the straight and narrow.”

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