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Feds heckle Silver’s attempts to dodge charges

It doesn’t matter if Silver received “cash in a suitcase or disguised as referral fees,” federal prosecutors wrote

June 13, 2015 10:00AM

Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver

Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is still trying to dodge corruption charges. And it’s getting him jeers from federal prosecutors.

Silver is once again attempting to get his corruption charges dismissed, claiming that he violated no federal law by receiving fees for referring cases to a law firm. But on Friday, federal prosecutors filed court papers calling the “fees” kickbacks, whether they were “cash in a suitcase or disguised as referral fees,” according to the New York Post.

“As much as Silver may wish otherwise, bribes, kickbacks and extortion are just as illegal in New York as they are in every other state,” the prosecutors wrote. [NYP] Christopher Cameron