Former New York Assembly Speaker gets 7 years in prison

  • Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, center, is surrounded by reporters as he leaves federal court in New York after his sentencing, Friday, July 27, 2018. Silver, a former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before criminal charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison by a judge who said political corruption in the state “has to stop.” (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK — Sheldon Silver, a former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before criminal charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison by a judge who said political corruption in the state “has to stop.”

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