From the Morning Memo:

The law firm where Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been “of counsel” on Thursday afternoon insisted in a statement that it was unaware of the Manhattan Democrat’s practice of “referrals” that have caught the attention of the federal prosecutors.

“As the U.S. Attorney’s Complaint makes absolutely clear, Weitz & Luxenberg was not involved in any of the wrongdoing the Government alleges, and the Firm, which has fully cooperated with the Government in this matter, was not aware of any improprieties whatsoever,” the firm said in a statement.

The statement also distances itself from both Silver and insists they are cooperating with the federal government as his case moves forward.

“There is nothing in this case or the related Moreland matter that calls in to question in any way Weitz & Luxenberg’s total commitment to representing its clients according to the highest standards of law and ethics. As referred to in the Complaint, the Firm did not know that any referrals brought to the Firm by Mr. Silver related in any way to the alleged actions on his part to benefit the referring doctor.”

Silver is accused of pocketing millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks that federal investigators in a 35-page complaint yesterday said were masked as “referral fees” that he never disclosed.

It’s long been questioned what outside income Silver receives for his legal work at Weitz and Luxenberg. Silver has insisted he represents “plain, ordinary people” in his private practice, but federal prosecutors allege he does little actual work for his outside income.