Judge Saves Cuomo From Criminal Prosecution

Judge Saves Cuomo From Criminal Prosecution

Former Gov. (D-N.Y.) won’t face criminal prosecution over allegations that he groped a female aide.

Although Albany County District Attorney David Soares said that he found the accuser “credible,” he felt that her claims couldn’t be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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Soares’ office asked Judge Holly Trexler to dismiss the charge filed by the Albany County sheriff. Appearing in court virtually, Cuomo’s attorney Rita Glavin agreed.

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Trexler then dismissed the only criminal charged against the former governor.

As The Washington Post reports:

Cuomo was charged in October with forcibly touching his assistant Brittany Commisso during a December 2020 encounter at the Executive Mansion in Albany. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in a case that represented the most serious legal jeopardy he faced in the wake of his resignation.

According to the complaint, Cuomo “did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim” and onto her left breast “for the purposes of degrading and gratifying his sexual desires.”

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The complaint was filed by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple without coordinating with Soares, officials have said.

Cuomo has denied the allegations. He resigned in August in the face of a likely impeachment by the Assembly after a state investigation found that he sexually harassed 11 women and oversaw an unlawful attempt to exact retribution against one of his accusers.

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Responding to today’s news, Commisso’s attorney revealed that she intends to pursue a civil case against her old boss.

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