Silver’s appeal successful, will get new trial on corruption charges

Sheldon Silver
Former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s 2015 conviction on seven counts of fraud, extortion, and money laundering was overturned today by the Court of Appeals based on a new definition of “official acts” as set by the Supreme Court in 2016.

The appellate court ruled that instructions to jurors were too broad when compared to the new guidelines devised by the Supreme Court.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim issued a statement that Silver should expect a new trial and expressed confidence that even with narrower jury instructions Silver would be convicted again. At the same time, Silver’s lawyers said “We’re absolutely delighted with the result, and look forward in the future to a full Silver vindication.”

Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney who pursued Silver’s conviction, said on Twitter, “The evidence was strong. The Supreme Court changed the law. I expect Sheldon Silver to be retried and re-convicted.”