Appeals Court Overturns Sheldon Silver's Corruption Conviction

Appeals Court Overturns Sheldon Silver's Corruption Conviction

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A federal appeals court has overturned the corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came Thursday.

Silver was sentenced last year to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of collecting $4 million in kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers in return for using his powerful post to help them. 

He has not had to report to prison while he awaited the outcome of his appeal.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, meanwhile, is defending his prosecution of Silver.

The prosecutor fired earlier this year by President Donald Trump's administration after he refused to resign says the evidence of public corruption against Silver was strong. 

He says he thinks the 73-year-old Democrat will be convicted again.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim has said prosecutors will retry Silver.

Bharara shared his opinion about the Silver case on Twitter after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the conviction Thursday.

The appeals court said the evidence against Silver was sufficient, but instructions on the law given to the jury were not consistent with a Supreme Court ruling in another case that came out after the Silver verdict.

As Assembly speaker, Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, was one of New York's three most powerful political figures for two decades.

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