Sheldon Silver’s alleged affairs could lead to stiffer sentence | New York Post

From today’s New York Post:

Sheldon Silver’s alleged affairs could lead to stiffer sentence

By Lia Eustachewich April 15, 2016 |

Revelations of Sheldon Silver’s alleged affairs with two women for whom he did favors while in office could earn him a stiffer prison sentence, a prominent defense attorney told The Post.

Jeremy Saland, a former Manhattan prosecutor, said Silver’s relationships with former Staten Island Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer and lobbyist Patricia Lynch are relevant to determining punishment on May 3.

“It can be relevant in this context in federal sentencing when this theory of a conflict of interest and his own personal gain supersedes that of his constituency, taxpayers and the residents of New York state,” Saland said.

If true, the affair allegations “in no way trump what he’s convicted of, which, by itself, is significant behavior.”

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Michael Benjamin

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