Openings to begin in ex-Assembly speaker’s corruption trial

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NEW YORK — The second trial for New York’s former assembly speaker is likely to be a repeat of a 2015 trial but with language that will conform to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of corruption.

Opening statements begin Monday in the corruption retrial of Democrat Sheldon Silver.

The 74-year-old Silver has insisted he is not guilty.

A jury was chosen earlier this month to hear the retrial in Manhattan federal court.

Prosecutors say Silver traded favours and earned $5 million corruptly after leading the Assembly for more than two decades.

Silver’s conviction and 12-year prison sentence was reversed last July after the Supreme Court in June 2016 reversed the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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