New York- Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he will appeal his corruption conviction.
He was found guilty yesterday on all seven counts. He was accused of collecting millions of dollars in kickbacks in schemes that involved real estate developers and a cancer researcher at Columbia University.
"Just disappointed right now," Silver said outside of court. "Ultimately I believe after we file legal challenges we will have a different result."
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara released a statement saying, "Sheldon Silver got justice, and at long last, so did the people of New York."
Silver faces up to 20-years in prison when he is sentenced.
Some reaction to the Silver verdict this morning from a top Republican. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says the assembly needs to make more ethics reforms in Albany.
"Absolutely they haven't gone far enough," Kolb said. "In fact recently the Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie said he doesn't think there is a will for more ethics reforms in Albany, and I would take total exception with that."