Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s trial on bribery-related charges could stretch well into December.
Silver, D-Manhattan, is scheduled to stand trial in Manhattan federal court beginning Nov. 2, when he’ll face accusations that he received $4 million in illicit bribes and kickbacks he disguised as legal income.
The trial, however, is expected to be a lengthy one, with attorneys expecting it to last longer than a month, according to a proposed juror questionnaire submitted in court Wednesday.
“This trial is scheduled to begin November 2, 2015 and is expected to last 5 to 6 weeks,” the proposed question reads. “Is there an important reason why you could not serve on a jury for this period of time?”
Silver, 71, stepped down as Assembly speaker amid pressure in January after he was charged by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
The lawmaker, who has retained his Assembly seat despite giving up his leadership position, has maintained his innocence.
In Albany for a hearing Wednesday on school receivership, Silver told Politico he has no interest in seeking a plea bargain before his trial.
“We will be ready, and I believe in court, we will be successful,” he told the publication.