Jury selection begins today in the trial of Sheldon Silver, the once-powerful Speaker of the New York State Assembly arrested, disgraced and now on trial for being a complete scumbag.
A prince of New York City, Sheldon Silver is pretty much the lowest of the low. He rose to power across many years in the trenches. He used his power to make millions illegally off of cancer; he used his position to assure developers seeking his favor paid him handsomely. And he laundered his money right here in Buffalo.
Next up: Former Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son, Fredo – their trial starts in two weeks and will run alongside Silver’s. It really is epic; you can't make this stuff up. But I get a kick out reporters at outlets like the New York Times who try to make it bigger:
But even as the men, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, the former speaker, and State Senator Dean G. Skelos, the former majority leader, fight the charges and try to restore their reputations, something else will also be on trial: the culture of Albany, the state capital.
Okay, I get that. This game has been going on awhile and it's not just Silver and Skelos - many more politicians are playing it. But really: These guys are just plain scumbags. If they worked at a bakery they would steal a hot stove.