The New York Assembly Speaker was arrested Thursday and charged for corruption

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.According to undisclosed sources the payments in question were substantial and made over several years. It was estimated that Mr. Silver earned between $650,000 and $750,000 from outside legal work in 2013, in addition to his $121,000 speaker salary, On the other part, Silver failed to list them on his annual financial disclosure Silver has long been criticized for his continued employment in one of the state’s larger private law practice. “We’re disappointed that the prosecutors have chosen to proceed with these meritless criminal charges,” Mr. Silver’s attorneys, Joel Cohen and Steven Molo, said in a statement, revealing that the venerable lawyer wants to obtain his full exoneration in court. Mr Silver was re-elected as speaker on Jan. 7.

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