Silver's sentencing is up there when it comes to the longest prison sentences handed out to a politician in recorded history. We could find eight other politicians whose sentences were longer than Silver's. The list below is not exhaustive. Did we miss any? The comments section awaits.
28 years: Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence after he was convicted in 2013 for a dizzying array of corruption-related crimes, including racketeering, extortion and bribery. Prosecutors said he robbed Detroit of millions when it was at its most desperate. In 2015 he tried -- and failed-- to get the conviction overturned. At the time of his sentencing, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said it was "equal to the longest sentence” for corruption ever handed down for an elected official.
Here's the other longest sentence. Mark Ciavarella (D) was one of two northeastern Pennsylvania county judges convicted of taking millions from a juvenile detention center to put children in their center, even for petty crimes like stealing a CD from Walmart. The scandal broke open in 2009 and was dubbed "Kids for Cash" and there's a documentary about it.
Ciavarella originally agreed to a prison sentence of seven years, but according to Scranton, Pa.'s ABC affiliate, WNEP, he then did a TV interview where he denied all of it. "I would never do anything to hurt a child," he said. The day afterward, a federal judge rejected Ciavarella's guilty plea, saying he didn't sound guilty at all. Ciavarella went to trial and ended up with 28 years in prison.
19 years: Rita Crundwell had been a small-town official in Dixon, Ill., for 29 years when in 2012, prosecutors accused her of what they said was the largest municipal fraud in American history. They said she stole some $53.7 million from the city to support her championship horse-breeding habit. She got 19 and a half years in prison for the scheme, and as of 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times, federal officials are still auctioning off the horse-breeding empire she built up -- including very valuable frozen horse semen -- with taxpayer money.
17 years: The other Pennsylvania county judge in the Kids for Cash case, Michael Conahan (D), got 17 and a half years.
15 years: In 2009, former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford (D) had to answer for crimes past when a federal jury convicted him of 60 counts of fraud, money laundering and bribery when he was head of the Jefferson County Commission. He was accused of accepting cash and high-end jewelry and clothes from an investment banker to steer public business the banker's way. In 2010, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
14 years: The former Democratic governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is one of the highest-ranking politicians on this list. In 2011, he was sentenced to 14 years on corruption-related charges including trying to sell President Obama's open Senate seat for cash or political favors.
Back in New York, William Boyland, a former Democratic assemblyman from a political Brooklyn family, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2015 for asking for bribes from undercover agents -- days after being acquitted of separate bribery charges -- and for filing fake expenses that cost taxpayers an extra $71,000.
13 years: Former congressman William Jefferson is the only member of Congress to make this list. The Louisiana Democrat was sentenced to 13 years in 2009 for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes -- you might recall prosecutors claiming officials found $90,000 of bribe money stuffed in his freezer. Jefferson engaged in "the most extensive and pervasive pattern of corruption in the history of Congress," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark D. Lytle said at the time.
Bonus: More white collar crimes
In case you're feeling bad for politicians, by some white-collar crime standards, these guys and gals got off easy. Apparently the list for the top 10 sentences in Ponzi-scheme-related crimes starts at 835 years.