‘Rainmaking Is Not a Federal Crime:’ Sheldon Silver Pleads Not Guilty
Jillian Jorgensen Feb. 25, 2015, 11:17 a.m.
Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion, mail and wire fraud yesterday—and his attorneys asked the judge to toss out the indictment against him.
In a lengthy motion to dismiss, Mr. Silver’s attorneys argued U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had created a media firestorm that sought to try the lawmaker in the press—for doing something Mr. Silver’s team argued isn’t even a crime.
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