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Former State Assembly Speaker Found Guilty, Lupardo Reacts

A jury has found one of New York's most powerful politicians guilty on corruption charges.

The jury convicted former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on bribery charges. They found he used his position to earn $5 million illegally. Silver stepped down from his leadership position after he was arrested in January. But he has continued to hold his Assembly seat.

Silver's lawyers argued he was not guilty, saying his actions were normal for Albany politicians. We asked Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo whether this case could be compared to the July conviction of State Senator Tom Libous.

Donna Lupardo, State Assembly member says, "Senator Libous was a completely different scenario, a completely different set of charges. One charge in fact. This was seven charges against Speaker Silver. I want to assure people that the sheer number of my colleagues that have been caught up in various crimes and schemes, the sheer number isn't necessarily a bad thing. It shows that we are shining a light on the behavior and if we need to do more to bring all of this to light, the more the better as far as I am concerned."

Lupardo also says this is a sad day because the Speaker was charged with numerous crimes.