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November 20, 2015

Sheldon Silver’s Lawyers Ask Judge for Acquittal; Prosecutors Cite Evidence of Fraud

Attorneys for indicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked a federal judge to acquit Silver on all counts — before the case even went to the jury — claiming the government did not meet its burden of showing Silver had committed the alleged charges.

Prosecutor Howard S. Master, however, cited evidence that Silver “had said he wanted cases referred to his firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, right after Dr. (Robert) Taub said he was interested in obtaining financial support for his research into mesothelioma.”

Further, Silver was “the one ‘who dangled the possibility of state funding’ immediately after Dr. Taub, responding to Mr. Silver’s request, began sending him cases.”

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