Spitzer Won't Be Charged in Prostitution Case
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the once-powerful Democrat who abruptly resigned in March after trysts with a high-end prostitute were disclosed, will not face criminal charges, ending the hush-hush Justice Department investigation.
But the 49-year-old former politician, who has been working at his father's real estate company while mulling charity, environmental and legal ventures, still appears to be the target of a continuing investigation by New York's state ethics commission into his administration's handling of travel records, although the most the commission could do is fine Spitzer up to $10,000, The New York Times reported.
In a statement about the prostitution case, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said prosecutors found no misuse of public or campaign funds by Spitzer and "insufficient evidence" about the governor's payment to 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.
After the announcement, Spitzer again apologized for his role in the sex scandal.
"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," Spitzer said in a statement. "I resigned my position as Governor because I recognized that conduct was unworthy of an elected official. I once again apologize for my actions, and for the pain and disappointment those actions caused my family and the many people who supported me during my career in public life."
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