Disgraced New York State lawmaker Sheldon Silver is out of federal prison less than a year into his 6.5-year prison sentence, despite prosecutors' objections.
The 77-year-old was released Tuesday from Otisville Prison in Orange County, New York, and released to his home while awaiting a decision on whether he will serve his remaining time in home confinement or in a halfway house, a source familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.
Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, which secured the guilty verdict, was notified that he could be out on home confinement, a spokesperson for the district told The New York Post, and they weren't pleased with the decision.
Prosecutors 'strenuously opposed' Silver's release, a spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office told The Daily News.
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Former New York State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, right, was convicted on charges related to a corruption scheme and sentenced to 6.5 years in prison in 2020
Less than a year into his prison sentence, Silver was released and is waiting to see if he will serve the rest of his time on home confinement
First elected to the Assembly in 1977, Silver become of the top three most power members in the state government before the corruption allegations came to light
The Bureau of Prisons told The New York Post that Silver is still 'designated' to Otisville Prison, but added that it has the power to transfer inmates to their home on furlough.
'We can share that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has authority to transfer inmates to their home on furlough for periods of time while they may continue to be considered for home confinement designation,' a spokesperson said in a statement.
Silver's health is said to be deteriorating.
Rabbi Akiva Homnick, of the criminal justice advocacy group Pidyon Shvuyai Yisroel told City & State, told City and State that he spoke to a family member of the former speaker.
'At this time the family is asking for privacy to deal with Mr. Silver's medical issues which he has some serious ones that are ongoing,' Homnick told City & State. 'He's expected home momentarily.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer