Skip to comments.Questions of Influence in Abuse Case of Paterson Aide
Posted on 02/24/2010 8:00:57 PM PST by MissesBush
Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson, and to seek a protective order against the man.
In the ensuing months, she returned to court twice to press her case, complaining that the State Police had been harassing her to drop it. The State Police, which had no jurisdiction in the matter, confirmed that the woman was visited by a member of the governors personal security detail.
Then, just before she was due to return to court to seek a final protective order, the woman got a phone call from the governor, according to her lawyer. She failed to appear for her next hearing on Feb. 8, and as a result her case was dismissed.
Many details of the governors role in this episode are unclear, but the accounts presented in court and police records and interviews with the womans lawyer and others portray a brutal encounter, a frightened woman and an effort to make a potential political embarrassment go away.
The case involved David W. Johnson, 37, who had risen from working as Mr. Patersons driver and scheduler to serving in the most senior ranks of the administration, but who also had a history of altercations with women.
On Wednesday night, in response to inquiries from The New York Times, Mr. Paterson said in a statement that he would request that Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo investigate his administrations handling of the matter. The governor also said he would suspend Mr. Johnson without pay.
Through a spokesman, Mr. Paterson said the phone call actually took place the day before the scheduled court hearing but maintained that the woman had initiated it.
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Wow, this appears to be considerably more serious than he portrayed.
... and to think that he said he would only be removed in a coffin ...
Be careful what you wish for. Or something like that.
Wow. And with his gubernatorial rival AG Cuomo investigating, this is only bound to get uglier.
Ted Kennedy killed a staffer and the NY Times never gave a hoot.
Where was the NY Times when Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick twice and Hillary threatened her to keep quiet?
The scoundrel waits to see what the New York Times actually knows. Oops, looks like a little birdie told them.
Nothing surprising here. Patterson was politely asked to bow out by Whitey...he refused, so Whitey’s playing hardball.
Paterson had it made as Lt. governor. A do nothing job where he lie, cheat and steal to his heart’s content- and nobody cared. It’s actually kind of funny. They actually leaked it out they would destroy him unless he dropped out of the race, but he’s so incredibly stupid he never knew what hit him.
But aren't the Demo"Rats" the party of inclusion and racial (hyper)sensitivity?
Please forgive a two-ping day.
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