Silver asks for acquittal

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, NY (NEWS 10) – Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver filed a motion for acquittal during his corruption trial Thursday.

Silver is asking for the case to be dismissed, saying after over two weeks of testimony the government has not shown that Silver committed any of the crimes he’s charged with.

Prosecutors called their last witness Wednesday to detail how they say Silver made hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments.

Prosecutors say much of the money was illicit proceeds from bribery schemes.

The defense is expected to put on a short case on Monday without testimony from Silver.

Jury deliberations could start later that same day.


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