Also from the Morning Memo…

Another former legislative leader, ex-Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, is considerably further along down the corruption pipeline than ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The Queens Democrat, who lost his seat in a primary last fall, was found guilty earlier this month of trying to bribe his way into the 2013 NYC mayor’s race on the GOP line.

Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on July 1 and faces up to 45 years behind bars. His attorney has said he intends to appeal.

In the meantime, however, the embattled former senator is seeking “as many letters as possible sent to the judge regarding my impact on individual lives and the community,” according to an email Smith is sending to friends and allies he says have provided “past support and prayers.”

The email, a copy of which was forwarded to CapTon, includes instruction and an attached “guideline” letter penned by Smith’s attorney, Evan Lipton. “Please help as this is critical to my life and future,” the former senator wrote.

Lipton suggests that Smith’s supporters “carefully consider” what to say to US District Court Judge Kenneth Karas to help him “come to know Malcolm as a person” and persuade him that the former senator “deserves a lenient and merciful sentence.”

“(I)t is imperative that you rely on specific, first-hand examples of how Malcolm has touched your life and the lives of others,” Lipton wrote.

“…instead of just stating conclusions about Malcolm’s character, your letter should provide facts underlying those conclusions – in other words, specific examples and experiences involving Malcolm that give rise to your view of him or his reputation within the community. Personal anecdotes of instances that portray Malcolm’s character and personality would be helpful.”

Lipton cautions letter writers that they should use their own words and not resort to “legalese”, explaining: “Rest assured that the lawyers will file all the necessary legal documents with the Court.
You should speak from your heart and present personal information and emotions about Malcolm.”

It is pretty standard for convicted offenders facing sentencing to solicit letters of support attesting to their good works and strong characters (aside from whatever it was than landed them in court to begin with) in hopes of persuading the judge to be lenient.

Ex-Sen. Malcolm Smith seeks support in face of corruption conviction. by liz_benjamin6490