Disgraced New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is Sent Back to Prison

Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assemby speaker, left federal court in Manhattan after his sentencing on federal corruption charges in 2018. (Credit…Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Sheldon Silver, who dominated New York State politics for years as the Democratic Assembly speaker before being convicted on federal corruption charges, was ordered back to prison on Thursday, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the matter.

Mr. Silver, 77, was in federal custody at a Lower Manhattan hospital on Thursday afternoon and was expected to be returned to the prison in Otisville, N.Y., later in the day, one of the officials said.

The move came just two days after prison officials let Mr. Silver return home on a furlough while he awaited a decision on his request that he be allowed to serve the balance of his prison term under home confinement. At that point, he had served less than a year of his six-and-a-half-year sentence.

That Mr. Silver was going back to prison so quickly suggested that his request had been denied, but a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment on any aspect of his status.

“For privacy, safety and security reasons, we do not discuss an inmate’s condition of confinement or release plans,” the spokeswoman said. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, prison officials have leeway in determining which prisoners are allowed to be placed on home confinement.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Ed Shanahan and William K. Rashbaum