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Silver pleads not guilty to fraud charges

Attorney says charges should be tossed because of Bharara’s statements
February 24, 2015 05:35PM

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pleaded not guilty today to federal corruption charges as his lawyer accused U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of turning the public against him and undermining his right to a fair trial.

Silver stepped down from his post after he was arrested on Jan. 22 for allegedly reaping $4 million in kickbacks from law firm Goldberg & Iryami, including some stemming from referrals of real estate developers seeking tax abatements, Bloomberg News reported.

Steven Molo, Silver’s attorney, said that he will aim to have the charges tossed because of prejudicial statements made by Bharara to the press, in a speech and in a television interview before his indictment by a grand jury last week.

Silver faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. [Bloomberg News] — Tess Hofmann

  • Proper

    i dont know about others but this sounds like a pretty lame defense to me

    • got my popcorn

      They say he has strong connections to the court system…we shall see.

      • noclist

        Only if the judge wants to open another can of worms upon himself. Everyone around Silver is running for cover and Bharara won’t stop until he gets convictions. Reminds me of the days of John Gotti.