Judge: Ex-NY Assembly speaker's trial firmly set for April

February 01, 2018 - 6:40 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says an April date for a retrial of New York's former assembly speaker will proceed on schedule after his "Hail Mary" appeal to the Supreme Court failed.

Manhattan federal court Judge Valerie Caproni refused Thursday to delay the April 16 trial for Sheldon Silver.

Silver said outside Manhattan federal court that justice will prevail. An appeals court last year reversed his 2015 conviction and his 12-year prison sentence, citing a Supreme Court case narrowing how public corruption law can be applied. The Supreme Court denied Silver further relief.

Court officers and a court employee gave the Democrat special treatment, ensuring he could ride his own elevator and prohibiting reporters from speaking to him in the courthouse.

The 73-year-old Silver remains free on bail.

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