July 28th, 2010
08:41 PM ET

Report concludes NY governor committed no crime

New York Gov. David Paterson should not face charges involving alleged attempts to cover up domestic violence claims against a former aide, a retired judge appointed to investigate Paterson's actions concluded in a report issued Wednesday.

The report said Paterson was guilty of "errors of judgment" but committed no crime.

Judge Judith Kaye, a former chief judge of the state appellate court, investigated whether Paterson interfered in the domestic violence case involving David Johnson, a former top aide.

In her report, Kaye said police officials and Paterson made some mistakes in handling the October 31 case involving Johnson and his girlfriend but broke no laws.


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  1. Jane Doe

    David Paterson should face criminal charges over a domestic-violence scandal involving a close aide. Since David Paterson has already indicated that he will not run for re-election, Judith Kaye is just trying to make the matter go away.

    The fact of the matter is that David Paterson engaged in a GROSS ABUSE of office by engaging in obstruction of justice by intimidating a victim of domestic not to press charges, and then tried to up and make the incident just “go away”.

    Then we had assertions from the Commission on Public Integrity that he violated to public officers law by taking gifts from lobbyists, and worse that he lied under oath about the matter – PERJURY.

    What is much more disturbing to many than the incompetence of David Paterson and his people, indicated in the above report, are the blatant transgressions of law David Paterson and his staff has engaged in – lying under oath/perjury, covering up a domestic violence assault, obstruction of justice, and ethics violations. These actions should not be tolerated.

    David Paterson proved long ago that he could not govern. “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report” is an eyewitness account of Paterson’s DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature while Senate Minority Leader.


    Paterson’s office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING, set against a backdrop of general CHAOS – in other words the office, a ZOO. Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, and would booze it up with staff, often coming in the office with a hangover, and should be fired.

    Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey was hand picked by David Paterson to mismanage the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development (MWBE) at Empire State Development Corporation.

    Now that's the Paterson Way – being rewarded for your incompetence.

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