Update September 17, 2018- As we predicted below, Shelly tried to avoid jail again by asking the judge to delay prison until his appeal is heard. But this time, the judge denied him. Therefore, he goes straight to the clink next month.
August 28, 2018- by Steven E. Greer, MD
On May 11th, 2018, Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted for a second time on counts of felony corruption of office. He was found guilty of taking various forms of bribes in exchange for favors from his offices. After decades in New York politics, Mr. Silver controlled numerous committees that decided where billions of dollars were spent.
One notable scheme of corruption was more concerning than the rest because it goes straight to the matter of judicial integrity. Mr. Silver had rigged the entire New York Supreme Court by hand-selecting and appointing the senior-most judges, who then gave preferential treatment to his side-job-law-firm, personal injury firm Weitz & Luxenberg. Specializing in asbestos and mesothelioma cases, Silver et al had set up a special courtroom that heard cases from Weitz & Luxenberg ahead of other cases, allegedly. The judge running that part of the court, Sherry Klein Heitler, was fired, and her boss, Judge Jonathan Lippman “retired” after US Attorney Preet Bharara aimed his evil Eye of Sauron at them.
Sheldon Silver was first arrested on January 22nd, 2015, shortly after winning re-election. His first conviction was on November 30th, 2015. He was sentenced to 12-years in prison in May of 2016. He appealed and was able to avoid prison during that process.
Then, Mr. Silver was given a gift from heaven when the Supreme Court ruled that the former Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, did not act illegally when he gave favors in exchange for monetary gifts. As a result, the first conviction was vacated by the Second Circuit in July of 2017.
However, throughout this nearly-four-year prosecution process, Sheldon Silver has never seen a day in prison. BPTV is exclusively reporting that, even after his recent second sentencing, Mr. Silver was allowed to go home as a free man.
According to the press liaison in the office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Silver has to report to prison on October 5th. That delay between the sentencing and reporting to prison is not unusual, the SDNY stated. The location of Mr. Silver’s detention center has not yet been disclosed.
Mr. Silver retained a new attorney earlier this year. Michael Feldberg is a former Assistant US Attorney, Harvard graduate, and partner for Allen & Overy LLP. BPTV asked via email whether he plans to file motions to stay the prison term or appeal the case again. He did not immediately respond.
The judge overseeing the case is U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni of the Southern District of New York.
(Meanwhile, numerous people dragged up in the Robert Mueller broad net, such as Paul Manafort, are getting much different treatment from federal judges. Mr. Manafort was sent to solitary confinement in federal prison before he was even convicted. He certainly did not get any of the favors from the court that Mr. Silver has enjoyed, such as freedom in between sentencing and conviction.)