Closing arguments set in corruption trial of powerful N.Y. politician

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exits the Manhattan U.S. District Courthouse in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal jury considering whether to convict Sheldon Silver, one of New York’s most powerful politicians for two decades, is scheduled to hear closing arguments in his public corruption trial on Monday. U.S. prosecutors in New York have accused Silver of using his position as the speaker of the state assembly to collect millions of dollars in illegal bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official acts. Silver’s former counterpart in the state Senate, Dean Skelos, is himself on trial for corruption in the same Manhattan courthouse, charged with coercing several companies into sending payments to his son Adam in order to secure his political support.

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