Sheldon Silver Corruption Conviction Overturned by Three Judge Panel

July 14, 2017

“One more time, Mr. Silver was able to beat big numbers with smaller ones,” writes the New York Times as a three judge panel has overturned Sheldon Silver’s jury conviction for bribery and money laundering.

Yesterday, an appellate court overturned the corruption conviction of Silver, who was originally found guilty on seven counts related to his acceptance of a steady stream of payments through a plaintiffs’ law firm in exchange for official acts like directing grant money to his clients.

The appellate court based its decision on a Supreme Court ruling that loosened the definition of corruption for political and public officials. U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim says he “looks forward to retrying the case” against Silver.