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Sheldon Silver, powerful head of New York Assembly, faces graft charges
Sheldon Silver, powerful head of New York Assembly, faces graft charges

New York politics were roiled Thursday when Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the state Assembly, was charged with using the power of his office to seek and receive millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Silver surrendered to the FBI in Manhattan and appeared in court on the five-count complaint accusing him of mail fraud, wire fraud and extortion. He was released on $200,000 bail. “I am confident that after a full hearing and due process, I’ll be vindicated on the charges,” said Silver, 70, as he left the courtroom. He faces 20 years in prison on each count. U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara said Silver collected about $4 million in bribes and kickbacks...

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