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Sheldon Silver Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK, May 3 (Reuters) - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, for decades one of the state's most powerful politicians, was sente...

Whatever Happened to Ethics?

Tom Allon | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Tom Allon

Ethics is something that was taught in ancient Greece and was once neatly woven into our secondary education system. Ethics classes, like civics classes, are now rarely found on the high school level in this country. Isn't it time to resurrect this again?

2016 Civil Courts Issues 'Hung Over' From 2015

Sara Warner | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

It can be humbling, during this season of next-year predictions, to objectively evaluate how accurate my forecasting was for 2015. Wins one and two come as immigration courts and civil forfeiture surely advanced in 2015 awareness.

The Public Should Pay for Elections So Politicians Can't Be Bought

Dave Palmer | Posted 12.17.2015 | New York
Dave Palmer

Until election campaigns in New York State are publicly funded, getting rid of bad-apple politicians won't do much. The whole tree is rotten.

Albany's Groundhog Day and New York's Secret Anti-Corruption Law

Andrew Stengel | Posted 12.03.2015 | New York
Andrew Stengel

Before I was a criminal defense lawyer, I was a prosecutor. Before I was a prosecutor I was the Senior Adviser for Government Reform for the Majority Conference in New York State Senate (the irony of the title considering the stream of corruption prosecutions and convictions since is not lost on me.)

Will Sheldon Silver's Conviction Tip Course Of Asbestos Litigation? It Might.

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Even before a federal jury in New York found former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty on all seven corruption charges this week, it was clear that the weeks-long trial and its sordid details of how politics really work in New York would resonate well beyond its verdicts.

Sheldon Silver's Legacy

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

The eventual cost of corruption is not just that you build things you shouldn't, but you stop building things altogether. And the real cost of corruption in New York State -- and part of Sheldon Silver's legacy -- is the things we didn't do.

One Of New York's Most Powerful Politicians Convicted In Bribery Case

Reuters | Braden Goyette | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Sheldon Silver, one of New York's most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicted ...

Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.

In Congress, NY's Silver Case Becomes Asbestos Reform Political Football

Sara Warner | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

It will be months before Sheldon Silver, the ousted New York Assembly Speaker facing federal corruption charges, finally gets his day in court.

Absolute Power Corrupts, Again

Tom Allon | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York
Tom Allon

Corruption in government is as old as democracy, but that doesn't mean we have to accept it and not do everything we can to at least limit it. Write to the Governor or your local legislator and demand they champion these six reforms.

Former New York Assembly Speaker Faces New Charges

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors unveiled new charges against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...

Asbestos Litigation Industry Buzzes Over NYC's Silver Case, 'Iron Triangle'

Sara Warner | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

For a civil lawsuit community often deemed the "longest running" in America, with decades of science and judicial decisions, it remains truly amazing that so very much seems to be unsettled.

Courageous New York Prosecutor Continues Long Anti-Corruption Tradition as Top N.Y. Pol Is Indicted

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

The United States has a long, possibly unique, tradition of fearlessly prosecuting top politicians for corruption. The latest to be caught in the graft net is Sheldon Silver.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Sheldon Silver Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A federal grand jury voted Thursday morning to indict former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges,...

GOP, Media Positioning Victims' Attys as '1%ers'

Sara Warner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Asbestos litigation is a $10 billion per year industry, with some $2 billion going to plaintiff firms, so it's not like there's no money in the high-risk job of suing corporate America.

Dems Must Defend 'Trust' System, Even As Asbestos Trusts Deplete

Sara Warner | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

The new Republican-controlled congress rolled up its sleeves and rolled out its agenda over the last week, and along with immigration and budget issues it turns out "asbestos litigation reform" is an apparent priority.

Deregulation Despair at 35,000 Feet

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

We're all hearing more and more complaints about bad airline service. But then, flying has been miserable for years, except for some of the relatively few folks who can afford business or first class.

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

'Bribery Pawns' Join 'Perjury Pawns' In Asbestos Litigation Concerns

Sara Warner | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

With last week's arrest of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal charges stemming largely from an asbestos-cancer patient referral scheme, it seems like our concern over "perjury pawns" in bankruptcy cases needs to be expanded.

The Vultures of Albany, Past and Present

Sam Roberts | Posted 03.31.2015 | New York
Sam Roberts

Here's how a young New York State Assemblyman from Manhattan described his colleagues in Albany: One, he said, was "entirely unprincipled, and with the same idea of public life and the civil service that a vulture has of a dead sheep." Another's "intellectual capacity about equals that of an average balloon."

Sheldon Silver Out As New York Assembly Speaker By Next Week

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will vacate his post by next week, Democratic lawmakers said in a Tuesday press conference. Assembly Major...

Sheldon Silver To Temporarily Relinquish Speaker Duties

The New York Times | THOMAS KAPLAN and SUSANNE CRAIG | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics

Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York State Assembly, agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights feder...

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's Warning Sends Chill Through Albany

New York Daily News | GLENN BLAIN , KENNETH LOVETT | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

The big fish reportedly being looked at is Gov. Cuomo....