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Off The Hook: No Criminal Charges For Spitzer (Republicans get prosecuted Dems don't)
WCBSTV ^ | November 6, 2008 | not the eagle has landed

Posted on 11/06/2008 8:47:05 PM PST by TheEaglehasLanded

U.S. Attorney Says Former N.Y. Governor Did Not Misuse Campaign Funds As A Client Of 'Emperors Club VIP'

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will not face criminal charges following his role as a client in a high-profile prostution ring that led to his resignation in March.

U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia announced his decision Thursday afternoon.

"Eliot Spitzer has acknowledged to this Office that he was a client of, and made payments to, the Emperors Club VIP. Our investigation has shown that on multiple occasions, Mr. Spitzer arranged for women to travel from one state to another state to engage in prostitution. After a thorough investigation, this Office has uncovered no evidence of misuse of public or campaign funds," Garcia said in a statement.

Garcia also said there was no evidence pointing to criminal means of payment to the Club, despite court documents and published reports indicating that perhaps as much as $80,000 was transferred from Spitzer's account to a trio of dummy companies that were fronts for the escort service.

"In light of the policy of the Department of Justice with respect to prostitution offenses and the longstanding practice of this Office, as well as Mr. Spitzer's acceptance of responsibility for his conduct, we have concluded that the public interest would not be further advanced by filing criminal charges in this matter," Garcia said.

Spitzer issued a statement expressing relief in the decision and again apologizing for his misconduct, though once again not specifically stating what that misconduct was.

"I appreciate the impartiality and thoroughness of the investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office, and I acknowledge and accept responsibility for the conduct it disclosed. I resigned my position as Governor because I recognized that conduct was unworthy of an elected official. I once again apologize for my actions," Spitzer said.

Spitzer, the 54th governor of New York, officially resigned on March 17 after he was found to be a client of the Emperors Club VIP that was busted days before. He has remained out of the public eye since, though CBS 2 caught him in line to vote with his wife, Silda, on Tuesday morning in Manhattan.

Once known as "Mr. Clean" for his tenure as an attorney and attorney general, and his promise to sweep corruption up and out of Albany, he'll forever be known as "Client 9," which he was referred to in wiretaps of the call girl agency.

Financial transactions showed Spitzer spent thousands on prostitutes through the agency. In a transcript of the wiretap, it appeared that "Client 9" was willing to pay nearly $3,000 for just a few hours last month with call girl "Kristen," and even pay up to $2,000 in advance for future flings.

Kristen was later identified as 22-year-old aspiring musician Ashley Alexandra Dupree,

"I am deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected from me. To every New Yorker, and all those who believed in what I tried to stand up for, I sincerely apologize," Spitzer said at the time of his resignation.

Four people pleaded guilty in recent months to running the prostitution operation that led to Spitzer's demise.

Stay with wcbstv.com and CBS 2 for the latest in this developing story


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: charges; corruptdems; cultureofcorruption; doublestandard; no; prostitution; spitzer
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I don't mind Republicans being tried and convicted of corruption.

But Toricelli walked after he resigned, Spitzer walks after he resigned. Jefferson still serving, where the hell is his case. It's been 3 years.

1 posted on 11/06/2008 8:47:07 PM PST by TheEaglehasLanded
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To: TheEaglehasLanded
Republicans get prosecuted Dems don't

Well, duh!

2 posted on 11/06/2008 8:48:34 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chimpy ObaMao is not my president.)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

....and you’re surprised how???


3 posted on 11/06/2008 8:49:39 PM PST by LUV W (Now....on to 2012........Palin/Jindal)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

If Chuck Berry went down and did time for violating the Mann Act, a tone-deaf excretory orifice like Spitzer should go away for life.


4 posted on 11/06/2008 8:49:46 PM PST by Kiss Me Hardy
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Special treatment for the Fascists


5 posted on 11/06/2008 8:50:34 PM PST by realcleanguy
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Please post articles with the ORIGINAL HEADLINE, NOT YOUR LITTLE EDITORIALS PLEASE.


6 posted on 11/06/2008 8:51:06 PM PST by realdifferent1 (Blood, whips and guns—or dollars. Take your choice—there is no other—and your time is running out)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Off the hooker?


7 posted on 11/06/2008 8:51:42 PM PST by elizabetty (2010 -- Let's get those House and Senate Seats BACK!!!)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

gotta wonder if this coming right after the election is a coincidence, or if it might have been different if dems had not been about to take over doj.


8 posted on 11/06/2008 8:52:04 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: Jeff Chandler

Well....this frees him up to be Obama’s Attorney General and White House Social Director.


9 posted on 11/06/2008 8:53:05 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

I assume this is just on potential charges of misappropriation of campaign funds...and that he is still facing charges for solicitation?


10 posted on 11/06/2008 8:56:18 PM PST by americanophile
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To: TheEaglehasLanded
Jefferson still serving, where the hell is his case. It's been 3 years.

Surprise! Another continuance. Update from today:

"Rep. William Jefferson's federal corruption trial remains on hold after U.S. District Court Judge T. S. Ellis III today canceled a status conference that had been scheduled for Friday. The court is awaiting a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on an appeal by Jefferson's lawyers to throw out most of the 16 charges against him.

"Ells' [sic] decision likely means a further delay in the congressman's trial, which had been scheduled for Dec. 2."

11 posted on 11/06/2008 8:57:06 PM PST by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: The Paucity of Hope)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Lest we forget plagiarism by osama obama, Sandy Burglar, Terry McAuliffe’s raiding of Global Crossing to name just a very few. What did these RATS receive? One gets the presidency, one gets with a slap on the pinkie, and one gets away with $21 million—enough to loan the clintons money for their NY digs. Does the press crucify these? Nah! They’re demoncRATS. They can do no wrong.


12 posted on 11/06/2008 8:57:31 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Poor “Kristin” — her book and movie deal will not be nearly so lucrative now that Spitzfong has escaped prosecution.....it just helps the scandal to fade away.

How is young “Kristin” doing these days, anyway? She seems to be keeping herself out of the tabloids, or maybe I just haven’t noticed (don’t exactly read any tabloids unless they are linked on FR!).


13 posted on 11/06/2008 9:01:53 PM PST by Enchante (Mediascum subjected Joe the Plumber to stuff we're not allowed to do to terrorists!!)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

As Duncan Hunter pointed out, Republicans are forced to resign and driven from the party for minor infractions while DUmocrats are given party chairmanships and promotions after committing felonies.


14 posted on 11/06/2008 9:03:43 PM PST by RasterMaster (DUmocrats - the party of slavery, sedition, subversion, socialism & surrender)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

so,does this mean that no “johns” will be busted anymore in nys ?


15 posted on 11/06/2008 9:14:06 PM PST by catroina54
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

You wait until the biggest news story you can then you release the news you need to release.

Believe me it is not race war, it is those whom hold power against everyone else.


16 posted on 11/06/2008 9:17:52 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: RasterMaster
As Duncan Hunter pointed out, Republicans are forced to resign and driven from the party for minor infractions while DUmocrats are given party chairmanships and promotions after committing felonies.

Two words...Gerry Studds.

17 posted on 11/06/2008 9:18:11 PM PST by South40
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To: South40
The French invented the best solution and device for dealing with a political "aristocracy" gone out of control...

Revolution and the Guillotine......

Perhaps a few should be built on the Mall.......as a not so "subtle" reminder.


18 posted on 11/06/2008 9:44:14 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

Wow I’m so not shocked...


19 posted on 11/06/2008 9:49:44 PM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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To: TheEaglehasLanded

This is what I mean. Prosecute your own; you @#$#@.


20 posted on 11/06/2008 10:23:42 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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