For now, he’s only on furlough while the BOP considers his request to do the rest of his time under home confinement, under the bureau’s special powers to grant releases amid the pandemic.
Sorry: COVID-19 health risks should be a dead issue here. If Silver’s not already vaccinated, get him jabbed: Risk eliminated.
Attorney General Merrick Garland and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler should be all over this rank injustice.
A jury of his peers convicted the former Assembly speaker of using the power of his high office to line his own pockets to the tune of millions — and that was after Silver’s first conviction, on those and other equally damning charges, got tossed on technicalities.
In all, his lawyers delayed his arrival at prison by more than five years, with a 6½-year sentence instead of the original 12. He only reported to Otisville last August.
Yet now he’s out, just eight months later.
Prosecutors at the Southern District adamantly opposed even temporary release. If the friends and allies Silver acquired over the decades manage to keep him out of prison, it’ll be as corrupt an abuse as the crimes that put him away.
As it stands, the taxpayers he milked are still stuck paying Silver a $6,600-a-month pension for his years of “public service.” The least the system can do now is make sure he’s sent rapidly back to Otisville so he can only enjoy that windfall behind bars.
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