Insiders tell me it was common knowledge in the Capitol for years that Sheldon Silver was cashing out. As a lawyer, he had so many options as payola could just be his fees and not have to be reported as a gift.
Some years ago when they went after Joe Bruno, Shelly skated. Senator Bruno was not a lawyer, so things were not so cozy, but Dean Skelos is a lawyer so he was getting away with it too until Preet decided to play Sheriff on the Hudson.
Of course Joe Bruno was eventually acquitted and now he can enjoy the irony.
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