Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has his date in court—again.
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni for the Southern District of New York alerted counsel in the case that Silver’s retrial on corruption charges is now scheduled for April 16, 2018. Caproni asked the attorneys to hold their schedule through the end of May 2018 for the trial.
The scheduling comes with a bit of a catch, which Caproni noted: the date is “[s]ubject to a decision from the [U.S.] Supreme Court that would interfere.”
Caproni was referring to the petition currently before the high court from Silver. The petition for writ of certiorari comes after Silver saw his conviction on money laundering, Hobbs Act extortion and honest services fraud charges reversed and the case sent back to the district court for retrial.
After seeing the case essentially tossed, Silver’s team has asked the Supreme Court to review what will likely be at the core of the case against Silver going forward. While it reversed most of the convictions against Silver, the appellate court rejected based on a sufficiency of evidence money laundering charges against Silver.
Silver contends the panel’s finding on appeal “exacerbates a long-standing and acknowledged circuit conflict” over the money laundering statute.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment on Caproni’s memo.
MoloLamken’s name attorney Steven Molo and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan’s of counsel attorney Joel Cohen, both of whom have been with Silver since the district court trial, could not be reached for comment on the trial date decision.