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New York - Legal Expert Foresees No Jail Time For Silver And Skelos

Published on: September 4, 2016 09:00 PM
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FILE - epa05288843 Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the New York State Assembly, leaves  federal court after his sentencing in New York, New York, USA, 03 May 2015.  EPAFILE - epa05288843 Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the New York State Assembly, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York, New York, USA, 03 May 2015.  EPA

New York - Both Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos will dodge prison time, predicted a prominent defense lawyer today.

Attorney Barry Slotnick announced his expectations on John Catsimatidis’ Sunday radio show, reported the Daily News.

Slotnick said that the Supreme Court’s newly narrowed definition of public corruption will benefit both the former Assembly speaker and the State Senate majority leader.

Lawyers for the two men are hopeful that the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to throw out conviction charges against former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell this past June established a precedent that will also keep their clients out of jail.

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Slotnick said that the charges given to jurors in both cases were inappropriate and resulted in wrongful convictions.  Silver and Skelos are currently out on bail while their convictions are appealed.

“I predict one more time that Skelos and Silver will not go to jail, that their convictions will be reversed and that this will end it for these two people,” said Slotnick. “They’re never going to go to jail and they will never have felony convictions.


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 Sep 04, 2016 at 09:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Wrong again. Shelly didn't declare millions of dollars in cash hidden in his apartment.

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 Sep 04, 2016 at 11:01 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

He may be right for Skelos, but Silver is also charged with tax crimes for not reporting the income.

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 Sep 04, 2016 at 11:09 PM Open-Your-Eyes Says:

Baruch Hashem!!!

I am very happy for Mr. Silber and wish him the best. He's a noble person and great man. He deserves only the best!!!

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 Sep 05, 2016 at 04:22 AM anon Says:

I never understood why Hillary was allowed to enrich herself many times more, by leveraging her political status and celebrity, and was never charged. What Shelley did was bubkis compared to that.

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 Sep 05, 2016 at 12:31 AM Chaim Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Wrong again. Shelly didn't declare millions of dollars in cash hidden in his apartment.

Are you an attorney or did you at the very least attend any of the 2 trials??? Your comment suggests none of the above.
I attended the Silver trial and I agree fully with Mr Slotnick's professional opinion on this matter.
Furthermore in the Silver case, even without the Supreme Court's recent ruling the the governments theory didn't stick, because there was no evidence that the relationship between Shelly and the cancer research doctor was corrupt in anyway. As a matter fact the evidence was overwhelmingly clear and supported the fact that there was absolutely no illegal exchange between the two of them.
The doctor himself (as a government cooperating witness did not support the governments story) of an illegal quid pro quo.
Dr Taub insisted that the government delete the three crucial words "in exchange of" from his non-prosecutional agreement. The whole case stinks with many unanswered questions which will all need to be answered very soon.

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 Sep 05, 2016 at 11:04 AM puppydogs Says:

Reply to #4  
anon Says:

I never understood why Hillary was allowed to enrich herself many times more, by leveraging her political status and celebrity, and was never charged. What Shelley did was bubkis compared to that.

Simple Hillary is a Clinton.

Silver is a nobody and a frum yid.

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 Sep 05, 2016 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Bottom line is, Shelly was a master of the law. Was he corrupt? Yes Was it morally wrong? yes But was its legally wrong? No. So why was he convicted? Because a jury is not legal experts. In their mind if the man is morally corrupt he is guilty. And the prosecutes do a great job painting that image. Anyone recall the one hold out jurror who was reluctant to convict but had his/ her arm twisted to come to a decision. That juror ended up just having to decide based on his/ her emotion.

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 Sep 05, 2016 at 07:16 PM Chaim Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Bottom line is, Shelly was a master of the law. Was he corrupt? Yes Was it morally wrong? yes But was its legally wrong? No. So why was he convicted? Because a jury is not legal experts. In their mind if the man is morally corrupt he is guilty. And the prosecutes do a great job painting that image. Anyone recall the one hold out jurror who was reluctant to convict but had his/ her arm twisted to come to a decision. That juror ended up just having to decide based on his/ her emotion.

I remember that juror very well. She is an African American lady. I was in the court room when she sent those 2 notes to the judge complaining that she's being bullied and she wants to leave because she can't take the pressure and
disrespect.
Shelly was an awesome public official for more than 4 decades.
I don't believe he did anything wrong. Not legally and not morally. He was shoved under the bus because prosecutors we're thirsty for fame. They lined up all their ducks to get him convicted. He will win big time on appeal.
They had a field day with calling anything and everything corrupt. Now the games are hopefully over.

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