Wife, Mother, Grandmother & Convicted Felon: The Rise and Fall of New York State Senator Shirley Huntley
You’ll probably only serve three months with good behavior,” Shirley Huntley recalls her lawyer, Sally Butler, saying. The defense team was sure the judge would take into account that she was 74 years old, and suffering from severe sciatica. And surely the judge would factor in her more than 40 years of community service.
And so with Butler’s words fresh in her mind, Huntley surveyed her closet on the morning of May 9th, 2013 as she prepared for her sentencing hearing. She settled on a black and white patterned dress she thought most fitting for the occasion. She decided she would wear her smart black jacket over it, and embellish the lapel with her favorite heart shaped pin. She combed her short brown curled wig, brushed some blush on her cheeks, and applied a subtle shade of red lipstick. Driving to the Brooklyn courthouse, Huntley reflected on the conversation she’d had with her family the night before. She had told them not to worry, and that even if she was sent to jail, their lives should go on as normal.Read More