Sheldon Silver’s 2015 Corruption Conviction Overturned

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves court surrounded by reporters in New York, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Seth Wenig / AP

Ex-state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 corruption conviction has been overturned, according to court papers filed Thursday.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to vacate Silver’s conviction that he obtained nearly $4 million in bribes in exchange for his political power.

The court cited the case of Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s former governor, whose own corruption conviction was tossed over the definition of “official action.”

SOURCE: NY Post, Lia Eustachewich