In a turn of events, one of New York’s most powerful politicians for two decades is convicted of abusing his office to collect millions in illegal bribes and kickbacks.
Former Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver is found guilty of fraud, extortion and money laundering charges.
The 71-year-old Democrat’s verdict was handed down Monday, less than a month after his trial began.
Silver faces up to 20 years in prison, although that sentence is unlikely.
It is expected he will appeal the verdict immediately.
Silver, who served as Speaker of the Assembly for more than 20 years, was arrested in January and is accused of unlawfully collecting millions using his law license and New York disclosure laws.