- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal prosecutor says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was involved in bribery schemes that made him millions of dollars.

In closing arguments Monday at Silver’s corruption trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goldstein told jurors that the evidence shows that Silver took kickbacks in exchange for supporting legislation that helped a medical researcher and real estate developers. The defense was to give its closing argument later in the day.

The 71-year-old Silver has pleaded not guilty. The defense has said the once-powerful Democrat was singled out by overzealous prosecutors who were trying to criminalize business as usual in Albany.

The lawmaker quit his speaker post after his arrest but retained his Assembly seat.

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