Silver’s lawyers are urging the judge to spare him a prison term because of the risk of being infected with the coronavirus while incarcerated.
The letter from Silver, a Democrat, contained his biggest apology yet. In a seeming show of remorse, he blamed his 2015 political downfall and criminal charges on a corrupting sense of entitlement he developed while rising high in the state government ranks over many years.
His lawyers also filed arguments federal court in Manhattan.
Prosecutors say Silver should get seven years in prison after his conviction on bribery and extortion charges. A 2015 conviction was overturned on appeal, but Silver was convicted again in 2018.
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