NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York Assembly speaker convicted in a $5 million corruption case is asking to remain free pending appeal.
Lawyers for Democrat Sheldon Silver said Friday the U.S. Supreme Court is considering changing the limits of a law used to convict him. They say the change may cause a reversal of his conviction.
The 72-year-old Manhattan resident was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison. He's scheduled to report to prison July 1.
His lawyers have asked a judge to block collection of a $1.75 million fine and a $5.3 million forfeiture order until appeals are completed. They say he otherwise will have to sell homes he jointly owns with his wife.
A U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman has declined to comment.
This story has been corrected to show the forfeiture order is $5.3 million, not $5.3.