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Spitzer Won't Be Charged in Prostitution Case

POSTED: 04:16 PM ET, 11/ 6/2008 by Derek Kravitz


Eliot Spitzer

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."

By Derek Kravitz |  November 6, 2008; 4:16 PM ET
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Laws are made to protect the innocent. People will always look at Spitzer's children and think about what their father did. Spitzer's children will always think that people are thinking those things. Their lives will not be what they could have been. Do not be surprised if they start having trouble in school and drop out of college. Spitzer should have gone to prison for a very long time to protect the future innocent.

Silda gets what she gets for staying with him. People will always ask her children why she did that like they ask Clinton's children.

http://ewebsmith.com/gov/govnindex.html

Posted by: websmith1 | November 6, 2008 7:32 PM

No question about it, this guy should be in prison!!!! Clearly, the people responsible for his prosecution and sentence are "paid off", or should be investigated for crimes of their own (in this and possibly other cases?). The Prosecution and "deciders" in this case, are not acting fairly and not on the side of the people. Prison time for "Spitzer" is for the good of the people. Why should this person, who was in the complete trust of the American People (of NY), not have to endure the same punishement that thousands of others are? Or, perhaps we should change the laws so all others receive the same sentence. Put Spitzer in jail - he deserves it much more than the average person (since he was in the "people's trust").

Posted by: wmusa | November 7, 2008 1:13 PM

Spitzer should have at least had a taste of prison, few months at least. If Joe Blow was in Spitzer's predicament Joe Blow would certainly get time in the slammer if not more.

Posted by: rwalter1 | November 7, 2008 1:21 PM

I don't know much about the tax stuff but it seems to me that the administration got just what they wanted out of this, to eliminate an effective and promising democratic politician. Spitzer is gone and the other customers of this prostitution ring have been protected. Why if Spitzer was customer # 8 do we not know the names of the other at least 7 customers.

Posted by: larsorog | November 8, 2008 8:46 AM

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