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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Statement Of Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim On Second Circuit Decision In United States V. Sheldon Silver

“While we are disappointed by the Second Circuit’s decision, we respect it, and look forward to retrying the case. Although finding that the Supreme Court’s McDonnell decision issued after Silver’s conviction required a different legal instruction to the jury, the Second Circuit also held that the evidence presented at the trial was sufficient to prove all the crimes charged against Silver, even under the new legal standard. Although this decision puts on hold the justice that New Yorkers got upon Silver’s conviction, we look forward to presenting to another jury the evidence of decades-long corruption by one of the most powerful politicians in New York State history. Although it will be delayed, we do not expect justice to be denied.”

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Updated July 13, 2017