Sheldon Silver, NY power broker sent to prison, dead at 77
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his conviction on corruption charges, has died in federal custody. Silver died Monday, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The Manhattan Democrat, who told a judge he prayed he would not die in prison, had been serving a more than six-year sentence in federal prison.news.yahoo.com
AP source: Sheldon Silver released from prison on furlough
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been released from a federal prison on furlough while he awaits potential placement to home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Silver, 77, began serving his more than six-year sentence at a prison in Otisville, New York, in August, after years of fending off going behind bars in a corruption case. The federal Bureau of Prisons didn't provide details or a reason for the transfer, but Congress gave the Justice Department expanded powers during the coronavirus pandemic to release inmates on furlough and home confinement to prevent them from catching the virus behind bars.news.yahoo.com
Biden to nominate 3 federal prosecutors for New York offices
FILE - In this March 17, 2021 photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Biden intends to nominate three African American prosecutors to run the U.S. attorneys offices in New York, including the first Black man to run the Southern District of New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to nominate three prosecutors to run the U.S. attorney’s offices in New York state, including the first Black man to run the Southern District of New York in Manhattan and the first Black woman to head the Western District in Buffalo. Ross, a longtime federal prosecutor, is expected to run the office in the Buffalo-based Western District. Brooklyn federal prosecutors have been examining the state’s handling of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes in a probe that drew public attention after a top aide to New York Gov.
US Supreme Court won't take up Sheldon Silver's case
The Supreme Court is declining to take up the case of the former New York Assembly Speaker, who is serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence after being convicted in a corruption case. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up the case of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence after being convicted in a corruption case. Two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, said they would have heard Silver's case. Silver has been serving time at the federal prison in Otisville, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from New York City. Silver's lawyers had asked the court to consider allowing him to serve his sentence at home because of the risk of contracting COVID-19 and dying in prison.
Trump pardons Steve Bannon, Elliott Broidy, dozens of others, on last night in White House
President Donald Trump issued dozens of pardons on his last night in the White House, including one to his former campaign chief and ex-White House advisor, Steve Bannon, who was charged with swindling donors to a supposed effort to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump issued 73 pardons, including for Elliott Broidy, a major Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty last fall to acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and the rapper Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to a weapons charge last month. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon exits the Manhattan Federal Court, following his arraignment hearing for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in New York, August 20, 2020. Andrew Kelly | ReutersAnother rapper, Kodak Black, who has been serving a three-year prison term for weapons-related charges, had his sentence commuted as well. Bannon, former head of the conservative news site Breitbart, was arrested last year with several co-defendants on federal charges in New York but had yet to stand trial.cnbc.com
Once-powerful NY lawmaker due to surrender for prison term
FILE- In this July 27, 2018 file photo, former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, right, arrives at federal court in New York. In a handwritten letter to the judge, Silver had asked that he be spared a prison term that would cause him to die in prison. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK Following years of fending off going to prison, former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is about to begin serving time. His conviction in federal court in Manhattan was overturned on appeal before he was convicted again in 2018. The federal prison in Otisville is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from New York City, tucked in the lush countryside south of the Catskill Mountains.