Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted on of abusing his office to collect as much as $ 4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks.
It’s going to have to be a really big chart.
The judge who will sentence former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges wants the feds to give her information about other state pols’ prison sentences.
“It is hereby ordered that: The government include in its sentencing submission a summary chart containing the sentences imposed on elected state and federal officials who were convicted in federal court of corruption-related offenses in the last five years to the extent that information is not unduly burdensome to obtain,” Judge Valerie Caproni wrote in a decision released Thursday.
Judges consider sentencing submissions from the prosecution, defense and the probation department before handing down their sentences.
Silver, convicted of seven corruption counts on Nov. 30, is scheduled to be sentenced April 13.
He faces up to 130 years in prison, but the 72-year-old will likely get a much shorter term.
Caproni’s going to have her work cut out for her with her statewide review.
Since 2010, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office alone has gotten convictions against more than two dozen dirty politicians.
The heftiest sentence in those cases to date was a 10-year sentence handed down to former City Councilman Daniel Halloran, who was convicted of corruption and bribery charges in 2014.
He had faced up to 45 years in federal lockup.
Former state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, who was embroiled in the same scandal as Halloran, is serving a seven year sentence.
Another once-powerful pol, former state Sen. Pedro Espada, is serving five years for embezzlement. He was prosecuted by the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office, then helmed by current Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
April will be a busy month for the federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam had been scheduled to be sentenced before a different judge on their corruption case at the same time as Silver, but their sentencing was pushed back to April 28 earlier this week.
Silver and Skelos, 68, were once known as two of the “three men in a room,” the powerbrokers of state government who, along with the governor, would make legislative and budget decisions for the state.
The Skeloses are also facing up to 130 years behind bars.