Former New York Assembly Speaker is Convicted in Retrial Based on Law Firm Referral Fees

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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted on federal corruption charges in his retrial Friday in connection with schemes that involved referral fees from law firms.

Silver, 74, was convicted on charges that included honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering, the New York Times and Newsday report.

He was convicted on the same charges in 2015. A federal appeals court vacated the conviction last year, however, because jury instructions didn’t reflect a later U.S. Supreme Court decision narrowing the meaning of official acts that can support a federal bribery conviction. The June 2016 Supreme Court decision said had said an official can’t be convicted for taking bribes unless he or she takes action or makes a decision on a matter involving a formal exercise of government power.

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