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Silver can wait to report to prison

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A judge says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can wait until late August to report to prison. Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison in his public corruption case. He was supposed to report to prison July 1 after being convicted of pocketing $5 million illegally.

However, U.S. District Court judge Valerie Caproni signed an order Wednesday permitting Silver to remain free until August 31 so the U.S. Supreme Court has time to rule in a case that could affect his conviction.

Earlier this week, a judge issued an order letting former Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos remain free on bail through the summer so the judge can consider the effect of any High Court ruling. Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison in his public corruption case.

Silver and Skelos have denied acting illegally.