New York - Experts Say Evidence Piling Up Against Ex-Speaker Silver; Guilty Verdict "Extremely Tough" To Beat
New York - Experts following the federal corruption case against ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver say that mountains of “damning evidence” are piling up against the disgraced lawmaker and that a guilty verdict is going to be “extremely tough” to beat.
NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/207l86u) reports that the latest blow against Silver came last week when federal prosecutors announced that a high-profile doctor involved in the case will be testifying that he actively engaged in a “quid pro quo” with Silver’s law firm by referring cancer patients in exchange for state money.
Former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division, Ronald Hosko, called this kind of testimony “damning” against Silver because the witness will explain that he got “something of value” in “return for something.”
“That is absolutely damning evidence against Mr. Silver because it suggests that he was not acting out of the public good,” Hosko said. “He was acting of a personal motivation to enrich himself — it’s all about money and greed. That’s damning, very damning.”
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