Prosecutors asked a federal judge on Wednesday to sentence convicted former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to more prison time than the 10-year term suggested by the Probation Department.
In papers filed with Southern District Judge Valerie Caproni, the government team that secured Silver’s conviction on seven charges in 2015 advocated for a longer sentence “in light of the egregiousness of Silver’s conduct” and to deter corruption by other public officials. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carrie Cohen, James Master, Andrew Goldstein and James McDonald said Silver broke the law while occupying “a position of unparalleled power” in New York and must be punished accordingly.
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