High Court paves way for re-trial of ex-Assembly Speaker

Jan 16, 2018

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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The high court on Tuesday declined to get involved in the case. That allows for a re-trial tentatively set for April to proceed.

Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of public corruption charges in late 2015. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit overturned that conviction last year and sent the case back to the trial court.

The appeals court said that the trial judge would need to instruct jurors on the law in a different manner to conform with a 2016 Supreme Court decision that reversed the public corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Tuesday's news also comes as former Cuomo top aide Joe Percoco is scheduled to go on trial later this month in a federal bribery case involving the state's economic development programs.