Ex-NY Assembly speaker asks to stay free pending appeal

NEW YORK (AP) – Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver is asking to remain free pending appeal of his criminal conviction.

Lawyers for the Democrat say Friday the U.S. Supreme Court is considering changing the limits of a law used to convict him. They say the change may cause a reversal of Silver’s conviction.

The 72-year-old Manhattan resident was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in a $5 million corruption case.

The lawyers also asked U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni to block collection of a $1.75 million fine and $5.3 forfeiture order until appeals are completed. They say he otherwise will have to sell homes he jointly owns with his wife.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan declined comment. Silver is scheduled to report to prison July 1.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s