Former NY Officials Charged

The state Public Integrity Commission has found "reasonable cause" to charge four former state officials with misusing state police to discredit a political foe of former Governor Eliot Spitzer.
The commission found "insufficient record evidence" to charge anyone else, including Spitzer. It is the first accusation of a violation of law in the political scandal that gridlocked state government for most of 2007. The commission says former Spitzer aides Darren Dopp, Richard Baum and William Howard and former state police superintendent Preston Felton conspired to smear former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno by releasing his travel records to the media. Felton faces two charges carrying a maximum fine of $20,000, while Dopp faces one charge with a maximum penalty of $10,000. The two can now request a public hearing by an agency hearing officer into the matter, or sue the commission.


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