Silver Sentenced

May 03, 2016 at 6:28 pm

He was once one of the most powerful politicians in New York: one of the so-called “three men in the room” alongside former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted last year on seven counts of corruption charges, which included honest-services fraud, extortion and money laundering. Prosecutors had said that Silver accumulated nearly $4 million dollars in kickbacks from arrangements involving a real-estate company and an oncologist. Now, after nearly six months, Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He will also pay almost $5.2 million and another $1.75 million in fines. Jennifer Rodgers, the executive director of Columbia Law School’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, joins us wither her reaction and to discuss the implications for state lawmakers