New York - Families Of Cancer Victims Blast Ex-Speaker Silver; Say Illegal Scheme Was Costly
New York - Families of cancer represented by the law firm of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver are blasting the former pol, saying that being caught in the crossfire of his “illegal quid pro quo” scam cost them financially in their settlements.
NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1GYTySP) reports that in one case, Cape Cod, MA resident Andrea Rega—-whose father Aniello was one of dozens of patients referred to Silver’s Weitz & Luxenberg law firm by Columbia University Doctor Robert Taub in exchange for $500,000 in state research grants—-says she believes lawyers would have worked a lot harder on her father’s case if one-third of the money hadn’t been going directly to Silver.
“I’m convinced the law firm would’ve worked much harder for my father’s case if they weren’t giving Sheldon Silver the 33 percent. That’s why the law firm wasn’t working as hard as they could — because somebody else was taking the money,” Rega said.
The feds claim Silver netted more than $3.3M off the scheme.
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