The ex-speaker of the New York state Assembly Sheldon Silver was found guilty this afternoon of selling his office for $4 million in kickbacks, affirming his 2015 conviction on the same charges that had been overturned on appeal, the NY Post reports.
A jury of seven women and five men found Silver, 74, guilty of all seven counts against him, including two counts of honest services mail fraud and money laundering.
The jury reached the verdict after slightly more than one day of deliberation following a week-and-a-half-long trial that included 26 witnesses and dozens of exhibits. He faces as much as 130 years in prison when sentenced.
The verdict is a crushing blow to Silver, who was once one of the three most powerful men in New York along with the governor and Senate majority leader. Read more.