NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver‘s lawyers asked a judge to throw out a bribery case against him Tuesday, saying the prosecutor went too far in discussing the case publicly.
Authorities say the Democrat exploited his power to reap $4 million in kickbacks in a case that has rocked New York’s power structure.
But as CBS2’s Lou Young reported, Silver’s legal team said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who brought the case, has overstepped his bounds — especially making comments about the way New York State government operates.
“We’ve moved to dismiss the indictment based upon the prosecutor’s improper, extrajudicial comments throughout this case,” said attorney Joe Cohen, representing Silver.
Silver defense lawyer Steve Molo said Bharara’s statements after Silver’s arrest broke rules about what prosecutors can say outside of court, and prejudiced the grand jury that indicted him last week.