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A Silver Lining in Washington

By Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal - January 30, 2015

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was last week arrested and accused by the feds of an elaborate kickback scheme. House Republicans this week reintroduced an important tort-reform bill. Sitting at the crooked nexus of these two events are Washington Democrats.

Mr. Silver is alleged to have pocketed more than $5 million in a set-up in which he directed state funds to the clinic of an asbestos doctor, who in turn provided him with patients who could be turned into jackpot plaintiffs. Weitz & Luxenberg, a class-action titan, paid Mr. Silver huge referral fees for these names, off which the firm stands to make many millions.

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