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State Ethics Commission Seeks Records Linked to Vito

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The attorney for women who agreed to settlements in a New York Assembly sexual harassment scandal says she has received subpoenas from the state government ethics panel.

Attorney Gloria Allred confirmed the subpoenas from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and said she is working with the panel to ensure cooperation.  

Earlier Thursday, the Assembly's Democratic majority and the state Comptroller's Office confirmed they received letters from the commission ordering them to secure records related to a June settlement with the women.

JCOPE met on Tuesday and refused to say if it was investigating the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez or a subsequent $103,000 settlement approved by Speaker Sheldon Silver. Under the ethics panel rules, commissioners can neither confirm nor deny that a probe has been launched, and must keep all details of the investigation secret until a final report is issued.

The subpoenas and the letters would indicate some investigation has begun.

Lopez denies he sexually harassed anyone. He says the claims are politically motivated.

With the Associated Press

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Comments [2]

Sexual allegations are easy and cheap. ACORN, a great organization that did voter registration and many other services in poor neighborhoods was brought down by an obvious set-up where two clumsy white folks dressed as pimp and prostitute were treated respectfully when they came inquiring about getting a mortgage. There was an interview on WNYC just recently on Karl Rove, the evil puppeteer behind republican political successes. Refering to his often unscrupulous techniques is illuminating and may even shed some light on this current scandal.
But just to be clear, I would NEVER defend real sexual harrassment and would expect it to be fully prosecuted. I'm just saying its an easy and convenient way to baseball bat someone in the knees.

Sep. 07 2012 10:32 AM

I wouldn't be surprised at all if this was a set-up. It won't be the first time that republican operatives have launched bogus attacks to take down those they want to get out of the way. Remember ACORN. Elliot Spitzer's sexual adventures, not paid for with tax dollars and therefore, not our business, were researched (paid extensive research) by forces that wanted to get him neutralized. And of course, Nixon's famous "plumbers", stealing into the DNC and setting off the whole "Watergate" affair which exposed some Republican dirty tricks .
I would like to hear an investigation of exactly how THIS investigation came about.

Sep. 07 2012 10:13 AM

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