Sheldon Silver Appears in Court for Pretrial Hearing

Sheldon Silver was back in federal court Friday for a hearing before his trial on corruption charges.

The former state Assembly Speaker is accused of taking kickbacks, engaging in bribery and misusing his public office for personal gain.

Lawyers for Silver asked the judge not to allow evidence that includes legal campaign contributions from Glenwood Management, a real estate company at the center of the case. Glenwood was the largest contributor to various political campaigns in New York State.

The judge ruled against Silver's team, saying she will let the contributions be cited as evidence.

Silver declined to discuss details of the pretrial motions.

"I think this case will get tried in the courtroom, and ultimately, I'll be vindicated in this case," Silver said.

A second hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The trial is set to begin November 2.

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