Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was barred from practicing as an attorney March 29, following his federal conviction on corruption charges last year.
The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan found Silver’s extortion convictions qualified for disbarment, due to the fact that disbarment is automatic for a state felony or a comparable federal felony.
His attorneys argued the court’s decision should be delayed until a federal judge decides on his motion for a new trial; however, the appeals court denied their request, and ordered Silver’s name be “stricken from the roll of attorneys” in New York.
Silver, 72, was convicted on seven charges of corruption Nov. 30, 2015.
He’d served as leader of the Assembly from 1994 to 2015.