Sheldon Silver’s Two Biggest Mistakes and Combating Hate Crimes with Carrie Cohen | Miranda Warnings

By Brendan Kennedy

David Miranda

This week on Miranda Warnings, Carrie Cohen, former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York shares some insight into what it’s like investigating high-profile targets, like Sheldon Silver, and talks about the tools law enforcement needs to combat hate crimes.

Cohen, a partner at Morrison and Foerster in New York talks about her experience prosecuting former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, while she was a federal prosecutor at the SDNY. She also reveals the two big mistakes that Silver made, which ultimately led to his conviction on felony charges.

Cohen also discusses the recommendations of the NYSBA Task Force on Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes, which were adopted by the NYSBA House of Delegates in June 2020. She discusses the tools that law enforcement need to help stem the rise in Anti-Asian and Anti-Semitic crimes and details what it takes to elevate a crime to a hate crime.

She also talks about how federal prosecutors investigate a target, how they become aware they’re under investigation and what TV shows get right or wrong about life as an attorney.

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