NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Accused of Abusing Power – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015

New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was accused Thursday of using his political power to amass a “tremendous personal fortune” through kickbacks from real-estate developers and referrals to a personal-injury law firm.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a sweeping condemnation of Mr. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat and one of the most powerful people in the state, just hours after the speaker surrendered to the…

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