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New York - Experts Say Evidence Piling Up Against Ex-Speaker Silver; Guilty Verdict "Extremely Tough" To Beat

Published on: October 26, 2015 04:20 PM
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FILE - Sheldon Silver leaves federal court after a hearing following his arrest earlier in New York, New York, USA, 22 January 2015.EPAFILE - Sheldon Silver leaves federal court after a hearing following his arrest earlier in New York, New York, USA, 22 January 2015.EPA

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.

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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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 Oct 26, 2015 at 05:51 PM Former Eastsider Says:

Sheldon Silver is someone that we should find reason to admire. I personally don't see why Sheldon Silver is guilty of the governments accusations. On the other hand, he is in my opinion (and the opinion of most communities) damn guilty, yes damn guilty of plunging our society into a pit of rotten sewage. Sheldon Silver did that only because of his greed to get votes to keep his job. But, he didn't stop there; Silver is also responsible for pushing two related laws that triggered much destruction of domestic peace among Jewish couples. So why admire such a chotteh umachteh? Actually I don't know; only Hashem knows, but the fact is we see that Hashem is making him pay back quickly in the very same world that he deliberately perverted. In the words of Rav Nachman bar Yitchak: "Brich Rachmana d'caspei l'Avdan bhai olma" (Yevamot 105:).

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 06:22 PM hashomer Says:

"Backdoor Shelly" may finally get what he deserves, the corrupt goniff politician. But he won't spend a night in jail cause he's too connected. If he was a regular person, he'd get 20 years. Feh.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 06:23 PM yudel Says:

Shelly Silver was asked and begged no to close the kosher enforcement of the State. His response was "I need the vote of the legislators for more important issues. That important issue was "gay rights & marriage". I guess he'll have time to think about it.

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 Oct 26, 2015 at 07:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Former Eastsider Says:

Sheldon Silver is someone that we should find reason to admire. I personally don't see why Sheldon Silver is guilty of the governments accusations. On the other hand, he is in my opinion (and the opinion of most communities) damn guilty, yes damn guilty of plunging our society into a pit of rotten sewage. Sheldon Silver did that only because of his greed to get votes to keep his job. But, he didn't stop there; Silver is also responsible for pushing two related laws that triggered much destruction of domestic peace among Jewish couples. So why admire such a chotteh umachteh? Actually I don't know; only Hashem knows, but the fact is we see that Hashem is making him pay back quickly in the very same world that he deliberately perverted. In the words of Rav Nachman bar Yitchak: "Brich Rachmana d'caspei l'Avdan bhai olma" (Yevamot 105:).

Domestic peace? What are you taking about?

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