NY AG Staffers 'Devastated' By Schneiderman Abuse Claims

Posted May 09, 2018

NY lawmakers will carry on trying to close a loophole that could shield people from state prosecution if they have received a presidential pardon - without the bill's high-profile champion, former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office has opened a criminal investigation into these allegations against Schneiderman.

Separately, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea has discussed an "investigative game plan" with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance and detectives will contact the women behind the "very serious allegations", NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill told reporters. One of Weinstein's lawyers has contributed more than $20,000 to Vance's campaign fund.

"If the allegations are true, Eric Schneiderman is much more than a fraud and a hypocrite: he is a disgrace", said Sen. "Or substantially less than that". "Prior to this law, a lot of strangulation attacks could not be prosecuted because if the attack didn't leave visible marks, the police would not consider it to be an assault", Manning said. She confirmed on Twitter she is interested.

Others mentioned are former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Maloney of the Hudson Valley, who also previously sought the post.

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That year, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose career would come to a crashing halt the following year after he was implicated in a prostitution scandal, tried elbowing lawmakers into accepting his choice to fill the then-vacant state comptroller job.

Shane Goldmacher and Alan Feuer are New York Times writers.

In the short term, though, the attorney general's office will be in fine hands, Cuomo said. "The work of this office is critically important", she said.

Cuomo praised her competency and professionalism.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said after a closed-door meeting with fellow Democrats who control the chamber Tuesday that only the protocols of appointing a successor to Schneiderman were discussed. Since Democrats hold the overall majority of the 213 total seats, the next attorney general likely will be a Democrat. But a year later, Koppell lost to Karen Burstein in the Democratic primary.

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The initial article was published by the New Yorker before 8 p.m., New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for Schneiderman's resignation just after 10 p.m., and before the clock struck midnight, Schneiderman announced he would be stepping down. "The difference now is that Schneiderman is no longer in office to influence any of that".

"For months, Schneiderman was attacking and assailing Harvey Weinstein's playbook".

The New Yorker article included graphic details of Schneiderman's alleged psychological, verbal, and emotional abuse that included threats of surveillance and worse if the women he was seeing romantically tried to leave him.

Ironically, Schneiderman made some of his greatest headlines in fighting against sexual abuse and harassment.

"It's a conflict of interest", she said.

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