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Silver to be sentenced today

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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will soon learn his fate, following his November conviction in a $5 million corruption case. Judge Valerie Caproni is scheduled to sentence the Manhattan Democrat today.

The government has asked that Silver serve substantially more than a decade in prison. Prosecutors also want the judge to fine him $1 million. They cite the more than $2 million in assets he has and the fact that he will receive $70,000 in pension for the rest of his life.

The 72-year-old disbarred lawyer was a power broker in the Assembly for more than two decades.

In a letter to the judge, he sought leniency, citing his good deeds. He also acknowledged that he "failed" the people of New York and hurt his constituents "terribly."

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