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Sheldon Silver
Lawyer: Toss politician's bribe case over prosecutor's words

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara didn't mince words after bringing bribery charges against then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, saying the powerful lawmaker practiced "the greedy art of secret self-reward." Now Silver's lawyers say the prosecutor's rhetoric went so far that the case should be thrown out. While entering a not guilty plea for Silver on Tuesday, his lawyers argued that Bharara broke rules about what prosecutors can say outside court and may have prejudiced the grand jury that indicted the Democratic legislator last week. "He has offered his uncensored views about Mr. Silver's guilt, his character and the severity of his crimes — always...