January 22, 2015
Contact: Phoebe Stonbely
Statement from Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Executive Director Tom Stebbins
Speaker Sheldon Silver’s alleged corruption and violations of a spate of federal laws represent a shameful breach of public trust and abuse of authority, the charges should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. For years, Speaker Silver collected millions to enrich himself, his law firm, and trial lawyers across New York.
New York has long been “Sue York,” a “trial lawyer’s playground” and a perennial “Judicial Hellhole.” With today’s indictment, we hope that the balance of justice in New York will soon tilt back to New Yorkers and away from the trial lawyer special interests who have lorded over Albany for too long.