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Jury convicts ex-Assembly leader in public corruption trial

May 11, 2018

NEW YORK (AP)  A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. 

The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence. 

An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption. 

Prosecutors said Silver illegally earned $4 million from a cancer researcher and real estate developers who benefited from his clout in state government. 

Defense lawyers countered that his fees were ``perfectly legal.''