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Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver found guilty in corruption trial

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A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. 

The verdict Friday came more than two years after his first 2015 trial resulted in a 12-year prison sentence.  
An appeals court tossed out that conviction, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling that changed the legal boundaries for public corruption.  

Prosecutors said Silver illegally earned $4 million from a cancer researcher and real estate developers who benefited from his clout in state government.  

Defense lawyers countered that his fees were ``perfectly legal.''