Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was automatically disbarred when he was convicted last November, and now a disciplinary committee rejected his plea to remain an attorney pending his appeal in court, the Post reports:
First Sheldon Silver’s name was removed from his Assembly office door in Albany, and now it’s been stricken from an official state list of practicing attorneys.
The former Assembly speaker was officially disbarred Tuesday when a five-member Departmental Disciplinary Committee yanked his law license.
The Manhattan judicial panel unanimously rejected the disgraced lawmaker’s plea to keep his name on the attorney roll pending the appeal of his November 2015 conviction.
The committee’s official ruling is a formality, but also the first announcement that Silver, formerly of counsel to asbestos-case specialists Weitz & Luxenberg, has been disbarred.
Meanwhile, the name of a mysterious person linked to Silver’s case could be revealed next month if a federal judge finds documents with the individual’s name are pertinent to Silver’s sentencing, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.
“Sealed Party A,” who has retained high-powered attorney Abbe Lowell, has been fighting against the release of the papers. But they will be made public if Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni finds they are “relevant” to the April 13 sentencing.
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