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Ex-speaker’s lawyers say US Supreme Court should review case

NEW YORK (AP) – Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s lawyers say he should not face retrial in his corruption case – at least until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews it.

The lawyers say in a Thursday appeals court filing Silver’s case “is an excellent vehicle” for the high court to provide further guidance to lower courts.

Silver is a 73-year-old Democrat. He originally was convicted in a $ 5 million scheme and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Two weeks ago the appeals court reversed Silver’s public-corruption conviction. But it decided there’s enough evidence to support a retrial.

Silver’s lawyers still say there’s not enough evidence.

Since the decision was built on the Supreme Court’s opinion in a different case, Silver’s lawyers want the high court to weigh in on his case.


Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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