Statement on Sheldon Silver Conviction Being Overturned from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor

East Fishkill, NY - (7/13/17) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) responded to today's appeals court decision to overturn Sheldon Silver's corruption conviction with criticism for the ruling and praise for the U.S. Attorney's pledge to retry Silver.

"This is a disappointing decision from the court," said Lalor. " Silver's corruption and guilt are clear. The U.S. Attorney has made the right decision to continue to pursue justice and retry Silver. I fully expect a new trial will have the same outcome and Silver will ultimately pay for his corruption. This decision exposes a flaw in our federal anti-corruption laws. Congress needs to tighten the laws so that there can be no doubt that acts like Silver's corrupt dealings are crimes."

Lalor, a vocal critic of Silver's corruption while Silver was speaker, assisted federal prosecutors in preparation for the trial by providing insights into the inner workings of the Silver-run Assembly.

Silver was convicted in 2015 for offenses relating to two separate kickback and bribe schemes. Silver had delivered state grants to a doctor in exchange for referrals to his law firm. In addition, Silver pressured a real estate development firm to hire a law firm Silver was associated with. In exchange Silver provided favorable legislation for the developer. The appeals court ruled that the jury instructions at Silver's trial were overly broad, relying on the United States Supreme Court's decision in McDonnell v. United States that limited the scope of corruption charges.