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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Scary NY Attorney-General Eliot Spitzer

In The Wall Street Journal of Thursday, 12/22/05 there is an editorial page article by John C. Whitehead, who had an article last April criticizing NY Attorney-General Spitzer's actions against insurer AIG and its then boss Maurice Greenberg.

Whitehead noted that everyone, including Hank Greenberg, is innocent until proven guilty. Spitzer phoned Whitehead in response.

According to Whitehead, Spitzer said "Mr. Whitehead, it's now a war between us and you've fired the first shot. I will be coming after you. You will pay the price. This is only the beginning and you will pay dearly for what you have done. You will wish you had never written that letter."

I have no way of knowing whether such a conversation took place. It will be Spitzer versus Whitehead.

If true, it is quite amazing and frightening. More frightening is the very strong possibility that Eliot Spitzer will be the governor of my beloved New York.

Where is the NY Civil Liberties Union? Where have they been with this prosecution by news release so reminiscent of Rudy Giuliani?

With such evident arrogance and disregard for civil liberties, I am suprised that President Bush didn't put him in the administration of injustice in Washington.

When New York's legislature unanimously passed a tepid reform of the eminent domain law that would require notification to property owners of the eminent domain proceedings against them, Governor George Pataki vetoed it. He did so on the advice of Attorney-General Spitzer. The specious grounds for a veto were that it would give property-owners a false sense of security and that it would cost too much.

What price constitutional freedom?


Blogger Albany Lawyer said...

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is no scarier than any other prosecutor. In the world of NY criminal defense lawyers, this is ordinary stuff. It just catches more attention because certain elements of the media (in this case the WSJ) play it up.
I see the same conduct by district attorneys on DWI cases and marijuana cases too. Even speeding tickets sometimes.
We libertarians need to focus first and foremost on reducing the power of the state to intervene in people's everyday life.

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