And a $1.5 million fine. The former speaker was twice convicted of corruption charges, once following a reversal by a federal appellate court. At the heart of the charges and eventual conviction was Silver’s funneling of $500,000 in State Health Department research grants to a Columbia University professor in exchange for the professor referring cancer patients to a law firm. Mr. Sheldon then received part of the law firm’s fees for the lucrative cases. Under anyone’s definition of corruption, those actions qualify.
Mr. Silver was only worried about the following at his sentencing hearing, “I fear that I will continued to be ridiculed, shamed, by the stain that is upon me.” and “Everything I have accomplished has become a joke and a spectacle.”
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