NEW YORK: Democratic Former State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver Found Guilty Of Corruption

Former New York Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver was today found guilty on all seven federal counts of extortion, money laundering, and influence peddling. Among the charges were that Silver received millions of dollars in referral fees after pushing state grants for a cancer researcher who then sent mesothelioma patients to Silver’s ambulance-chasing law firm, which airs incessant television commercials offering to represent New Yorkers exposed to asbestos.

First elected 39 years ago, Silver, who was known for wielding his Assembly position with an “iron grip,” resigned from the leadership in January upon his arrest, but remained an Assembly member. He is the latest in a long, long line of New York state Democrats to have been convicted of felonies in the last several years. The charges in those cases have included corruption, fraud, embezzlement, and domestic abuse.

  • Michael Rush

    When you give people too much power they abuse it , even the legal ways of abusing the system are offensive .

  • bkmn

    Marriage equality came to NY, no thanks to Mr. Silver who did as much as he could to stop it.

    • So he’s why it took so long?

      • bkmn

        One of many reasons, but he did everything administratively to stall it.

      • studd55

        along with Ruben Diaz whose still pandered to by the Democrats.

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  • Gustav2

    It’s the hat that done him in…

    • tominsf

      The idea of wearing a homburg without a tie is ridiculous. What’s more, he just doesn’t have the face to carry off that hat.

      • Randy503

        How many liver spots does a guy need?

      • saucetin

        Alter cocker like that should be wearing a porkpie hat, not a homburg.

  • Good. The less of these crooks in the Democratic Party, the better.

    • Imagine the government we would have if both parties policed their own and got rid of the corrupt and the nutty that make the rest look bad!

      • We’d have about 60 Democrats and 10 Republicans left in the House, but I’m totally ok with that.

      • Miji

        Same goes for law enforcement. Imagine the kind of public/police partnership we would have if the all police really cared about protecting and serving the public and all the good cops didn’t let the bad ones get away with their power trips, racism, corruption, and bs. I guess the same goes for any government entity.

  • Eriq von Hagen

    This was a surprise. Word was that they didn’t make it stick against Shelly.

  • I grew up getting local news from a Louisiana tv station. That was some nasty, corrupt politics but none of it was any worse than what I saw go on in NY state. Probably half the legislature and pretty much anyone working in the state capital should be sent to the same prison as Silver.

    • Kissmagrits

      They could all sit around a burning mattress each night holding hands and singing Kumbaya.

  • Sk3ptic

    From the looks of it, this vulture is soon to become his own preferred food: carrion.

  • oikos

    Good riddance. Our state is still incredibly corrupt even with Silver gone.

    • Kevin-in-Honolulu

      oikos – Hawaii is so corrupt also – it’s very depressing…. =[

      • oikos

        Sorry to hear that Kevin.

    • Ninja0980

      It’s an utter joke how corrupt we are.

  • Warden

    Send his ass straight the fuck to prison.

    • To federal PMITA prison, even.

    • lattebud

      Four words I never thought I’d see in the same sentence
      1. Ass
      2. Fuck
      3. Prison
      4. Straight (?)

  • dcurlee

    It will catch up with you every time

    • Circ09

      Curious thing that it doesn’t usually catch up to them until they are close to dead with rot and already gotten all they can from their grifting.

  • Paula

    How do you tell if a politician is corrupt? It’s a trick question. They all are!

  • DesertSun59

    Good. Let him rot in prison.

  • studd55

    Democrats have been so desperate to have a majority they continue to keep these corrupt people in their party and/or promote DINOs. They have been unable to compete with the Fox News agenda, so continue to stay with and find other corrupt people to become Democratic candidates. It’s sad.

    Ruben Diaz for example.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    The comments here show the difference between us and the right wingnuts from Teabagistan:

    • They would make excuses for a Republican in the same position, and blame the Librul Media bias.

    • We rightfully blame the crook and wish him a just punishment.

  • gothambear

    Good riddance. Thankfully justice has actually been served. Let’s hope the inevitable money-wasting appeal does not overturn the verdict.

  • lattebud

    ” Silver could theoretically face 130 years in prison under his counts of conviction, but his actual sentence is expected to be far lower.”

    One could only wish for such a sentence.

  • JCF

    With few exceptions, Dems f#ck up for graft; Rethugs f#ck up for f#cking (because they’re so f#cking/hypocritcally self-righteous).

  • Ninja0980

    Next up, Dean Skelos of the Republican party and former Senate Majority leader.