Ex-New York assembly speaker Silver indicted
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – A grand jury indicted Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly speaker and one of the state’s most powerful politicians for two decades, on federal corruption charges on Thursday, federal prosecutors said. Silver, who resigned as speaker after his arrest last month but remains the assemblyman for Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was indicted on one count of honest services mail fraud, one count of honest services wire fraud and one count of using his office for extortion. Silver’s lawyers said in a statement on Thursday he was not guilty. “We can now begin to fight for his total vindication,” Joel Cohen and Steven Molo, Silver’s lawyers, said in a statement.