A corrupt NYS politician defends himself in court by maintaining that since everybody else is corrupt, it just isn't a crime anymore. Call it the "Me Too Defense."Story here.
It’s not just Sheldon Silver on trial in Manhattan federal court: It’s the whole system.
Silver’s defense is that corruption is the bread and butter of New York politics — so how can it be a crime?
The prosecution says Silver, for decades the state’s second-most-powerful official, “picked the people’s pocket to line his own.”
To which Silver’s team answers, So what?
“It’s impossible, absolutely impossible,” argued defense lawyer Steven Molo, “for a member of the Assembly to . . . do the job that a person in the Assembly does and not have some sort of conflict of interest.
“That may make you uncomfortable,” he added, “but that is the system New York has chosen, and it is not a crime.”