Paladino Calls for Prosecution of Governor
Asserts: "Paterson interceded to protect aide, then covered it up!"
BUFFALO, NY, August 2, 2010 — Buffalo businessman and attorney Carl Paladino, a Republican candidate for Governor of New York, today called for the prosecution of Gov. David Paterson for interceding to protect an aide accused of beating his girlfriend – then working to cover it up.
Paladino's call is based on the facts contained in a report by former chief judge Judith Kaye, which detailed the Governor's actions but recommended no prosecution.
"The Governor, a lawyer, clearly tried to intercede in a criminal case to protect his top aide, then covered it up," Paladino said. "Yet the special counsel's final report recommends no penalty. That's preposterous."
"We are asked to believe the State and City Police tried to intimidate the witness into not testifying in the case without direction from the Governor. This is just not credible," Paladino said. "Judge Kaye even acknowledged the efforts by the Governor's lawyers to coordinate and coach the testimony of key witnesses during her probe."
"As a lawyer who practiced criminal law for fifteen years, I know prosecutors always guard against information sharing," said Paladino. "It is done so co-conspirators can get their stories straight and that's exactly what happened in this case."
"The Governor didn't cooperate with the investigation as he promised and his top aide refused to be interviewed by pleading the Fifth Amendment," Paladino said. "Yet Judge Kaye has given the Governor a pass. Her conclusions are inexplicable based on the evidence of violations of the law in her own report."
"This whitewash job is typical of how Albany's ruling elite coddles career politicians who betray the public trust and pay no price," Paladino said. "The people of New York have had enough of this nonsense."
When informed of the alleged physical abuse, Gov. Paterson did nothing to investigate the matter, discipline Mr. Johnson or correct inaccurate information his administration had supplied reporters, according to the Kaye report. Then he did everything he could to frustrate the investigation.
"The governor called a witness in a domestic violence case and tried to talk her out of testifying," said Paladino. "State and City Police officers also tried to intimidate her, indicating a clear abuse of power by the Governor. New Yorkers deserve the truth and Paterson must be prosecuted like any other citizen."
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