Sheldon Silver

Mary Altaffer / 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.

Seth Wenig / AP

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. This clears the way for a re-trial, which is scheduled to begin in April.  

Bebeto Matthews / AP

The corruption conviction of the former New York State Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, was overturned on a technicality by a federal appeals court.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction has been overturned.

Hans Pennink / AP

What began in January as an ambitious reform package to address a wave of corruption at the Capitol, proposed by Governor Cuomo, dwindled to just two proposals by the time the session closed in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning. 

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