Ex-New York Assembly speaker wins more weeks of freedom

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court says former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free a few more months while he appeals his bribery conviction.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision Wednesday in the 74-year-old Democrat’s favor just two days before he was to report to prison to begin serving a seven-year sentence.

Prosecutors said he collected nearly $4 million in fees in exchange for taking actions as a legislator that benefited a cancer researcher and real estate developers.

Silver’s lawyers insist that the money their client received was not the result of bribes.

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