A federal judge plans to release mysterious transcripts and documents sealed before Sheldon Silver’s corruption trial.
The materials are from a closed hearing on Oct. 16 — some two weeks before the disgraced ex-Assembly speaker went on trial — where both sides discussed whether to include or exclude evidence.
Manhattan Federal Judge Valerie E. Caproni will issue an opinion on the materials’ release next week, and then stay their release for another week, which would allow Silver’s lawyers time to appeal the ruling.
While the content of these documents remains secret, Caproni did reveal one piece of information — it involves someone who was not brought up during Silver’s corruption trial last year.
The materials are from a closed hearing on Oct. 16 — some two weeks before the disgraced ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver went on trial.
“Of the non-parties that are involved in the motion,” Caproni said, “we are confident that at least one was never mentioned during trial.”
Silver’s lawyers have fought the release of the documents since the closed hearing, saying their release would jeopardize his right to a fair trial and the unidentified third parties’ privacy.
While Caproni had earlier sided with the fair trial argument, she said the information under seal was now a minor concern, given that Silver was convicted of seven corruption charges on Nov. 30.
Asked whether Silver, 71, planned to appeal, one of his lawyers, Joel Cohen, said “We don’t know yet.”
Silver faces a sentence of up to 130 years when he’s sentenced in April.