Statements begin today in the corruption retrial of NY's former Assembly speaker

04.30.18 | Sarah Harnisch

The second trial for Sheldon Silver is likely to be a repeat of the 2015 trial, but with language that will conform to a U.S.. Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of corruption.

New York's former Assembly speaker is accused of collecting $4 million in illegal kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers.

His first trial ended with a guilty verdict and 12-year prison sentence. That conviction was reversed last July, giving Silver a second chance to avoid spending the rest of his life in prison.