Trial continues in NYC for Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver
Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives to the courthouse for his corruption trial in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The 71-year-old Manhattan Democrat was arrested in January on charges he took nearly $4 million in kickbacks. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The federal trial for former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues Thursday in Manhattan.

A doctor testifying in the corruption case says he referred cases to Silver’s law firm in order to get research funding. Dr. Robert Taub told a Manhattan federal jury on Thursday that he initially lied when investigators asked if he had referred asbestos victims to Silver for legal representation because he was terrified.

Taub said he later admitted referring more than 25 clients to Silver in the hopes that the powerful democrat would help his research center.

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