NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A November trial date was set Tuesday for the corruption case against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who after pleading not guilty insisted that he will vindicated.
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni considered scheduling the trial for the summer after prosecutors said they would be ready by July, but she set the Nov. 2 date after defense lawyers said they needed more time to prepare.
Silver, 71, a Democrat who is free on bail after his January arrest on charges he exploited his power in Albany to take $4 million in kickbacks, paused before cameras outside a Manhattan courthouse to say he welcomed a trial.
“I’m glad a trial date is set,” he said. “I’m confident that at the end of the process I will be totally vindicated.”