Sheldon Silver Conviction Overturned

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Sentenced For Political Corruption

The corruption conviction for former New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver has been overturned. 

A federal appeals court tossed the conviction after pointing to a different case last year that changed the definition of the type of official misconduct that can be the base of a corruption prosecution.  That means according to the appeals court, the jury was not properly instructed at Silver's trial. 

Silver was convicted in 2015 of accepting about four-million dollars in bribes for the use of his political power.

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