The corruption trial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is with the jury. I don’t want to rain on the Macy’s Parade, but I’m not confident they’ll find Silver guilty.
Now, I’m no lawyer and I could be wrong, but Silver’s defense team leaned a lot on the 2014 vindication of former Republican State Senate leader Joe Bruno. They want an explicit exchange of favors, a quid pro quo. They couldn’t find one in the Bruno case – and Silver’s defense claims none was found here.
The problem is the laws: New York has lousy public corruption laws. That’s by design. Everybody talks a big game but nobody – not even Gov. Andew Cuomo – does enough to change the game. So when Silver walks, don’t be surprised.