New York Politician’s Conviction Overturned BREAKING

One of the most powerful politicians for a generation in New York State, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is free for now after a federal appeals court vacated his conviction on seven bribery charges two years ago.

It means that Silver’s 12 year jail term is wiped out. However, because Silver was not acquitted by the federal Second Circuit, and only had the conviction vacated, he faces retrial on the original charges.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan already have said they expect to retry the case. It remains to be seen, however, what the Trump Administration’s Justice Department will do.

The Silver prosecution was undertaken by former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired earlier this year and ever since has been publicly critical of the Trump Administration.

The appeals court vacated the conviction because the panel of judges found the jury instructions were incorrect and covered “lawful behavior.” The panel cited the recent Supreme Court reversal of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell where it narrowed the definition of “official action.”

Silver represented Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the New York State Assembly for nearly 40 years.

Eric Dixon

Eric Dixon is a conservative lawyer, campaign strategist and blockchain technology innovator. He has been an election lawyer and delegate candidate for the presidential campaigns of Ted Cruz and Steve Forbes, and has successfully represented media organizations including National Review in lawsuits against the government. A Yale Law School graduate, Mr. Dixon is headquartered out of New York and represents companies, entrepreneurs and investors on financing, corporate governance and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Dixon is also a former radio talk show host, think tank research director and has completed thirteen marathons.

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