I am no fan of Sheldon Silver and believe that his conviction was justified.
I am at a loss, however, to explain why The Jewish Week finds it compelling to disclose that Silver is an Orthodox Jew (Briefs, May 6). At no time did the government argue that Silver’s actions were motivated by his religious beliefs.
Moreover, the government never argued that Orthodox Jews were the beneficiaries of Silver’s criminal acts. Certainly, Silver is an embarrassment to all Jews regardless of religious affiliation. And that is where the religion part of the story should end.