NEW YORK - Jury selection begins Monday in the retrial of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Silver is being tried again on federal corruption charges after his conviction was tossed out last year.

A judge overturned the ruling after a Supreme Court decision redefined the standard for public corruption cases.

Silver is accused of steering $500,000 in state grants to Dr. Robert Taub, a cancer researcher at Columbia University Medical Center.

Taub would then refer asbestos claims to Silver's law firm.

The defense says Silver acted "honorably" within rules politicians must follow.