Report: Court overturns Sheldon Silver conviction

ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A federal appeals court has overturned the corruption conviction of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver.

Silver – once considered one of the most powerful Democrats in Albany – was convicted in 2015 in connection with a kickback scheme.

A jury found that Silver took about $4 million in kickbacks from schemes involving a real estate firm and an oncologist.

According to the New York Times, the appellate court cited a Supreme Court ruling involving former Republican Governor Bob McConnell.

The Times noted that the ruling “narrowed the definition of the kind of official conduct that can serve as the basis of a corruption prosecution.”

Prosecutors can retry Silver.

Additional details are available on the New York Times website.

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