Silver, Skelos seek freedom pending appeals

Jul 13, 2016

Reacting to a Supreme Court ruling, two former top New York State legislators convicted of public corruption crimes are urging judges to let them remain free pending appeal.

Credit Matt Ryan / New York Now

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos  made the requests in Manhattan federal court on Monday.

Silver, a Democrat, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted last year in a $5 million corruption case. Skelos, a Republican, and his son, Adam, were convicted last year of extortion and bribery. Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison while his son received a 6 ½-year sentence.

They maintained that their prospects on appeal improved considerably after the Supreme Court reversed the conviction of former Virginia Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell.