NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is vowing to clear his name after his arrest Thursday on conspiracy and bribery charges.
The 70-year-old Democrat was taken into custody by the FBI on federal charges that he took nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks, crimes that carry up to 100 years in prison and could cost him his political seat. He was released on $200,000 bail.
Silver, who seemed unfazed in court, did not enter a plea.
“I’m confident that after a full hearing and due process I’ll be vindicated on the charges,” he said and even paused on his way out of court to sign a sketch artist’s rendering of the scene.Comments