High Court Won't Review Sheldon Silver's Corruption Case

Law360 (January 25, 2021, 11:44 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's appeal of his corruption case, coming just days after former President Donald Trump declined to grant him clemency.

Though the high court denied Silver's petition for a writ of certiorari, Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, dissented. Justice Gorsuch said he would have granted the case in order to reconsider what he said was the Supreme Court's conflation in Evans v. U.S. of extortion and bribery offenses for the purposes of the Hobbs Act when a public official is the defendant....

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