Last Thursday, the prosecution rested its case this week in the federal corruption trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan). Silver is charged with using his position to benefit real estate groups and others in exchange for $4 million in fees. The prosecution’s case is based on based on testimony from those who sought Silver’s favor and from the real estate firm that paid him referral fees for cases brought to them from a doctor who he had awarded with state grant money.
The case is expected to go to the jury this week.
Right across the street from, the federal corruption trial of the former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County), and his son, got underway last Monday. The two face federal charges of extortion, bribe solicitation and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud in an eight-count indictment that accuses the two of “a corrupt scheme to monetize Dean Skelos’s official position,” in which the senator used his power to obtain for his son jobs and payments from companies with business before the state. That trial is expected to continue into December.