Quid pro quo…or no?
by Benjamin Weiser and Susanne Craig
New York’s ornate Capitol building in Albany, a plan two years in the making was taking root. Everyone would benefit: Victims of mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, would be sent to a reputable law firm; the firm would pick up new clients; and a well-regarded cancer research clinic would receive funds.
And at the center of all this was Sheldon Silver, then the State Assembly speaker, prosecutors say.