WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A county prosecutor stated Tuesday that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gained’t face legal fees stemming from allegations of undesirable kissing by two ladies, one in every of them a state trooper assigned to his element.
Westchester County District Lawyer Mimi Rocah stated that whereas there was proof to conclude the conduct the ladies described did happen, the workplace couldn’t pursue legal fees.
“In each situations, my workplace has decided that, though the allegations and witnesses had been credible, and the conduct regarding, we can not pursue legal fees because of the statutory necessities of the legal legal guidelines of New York,” Rocah stated in a press release.
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A message searching for remark was left with a spokesperson for Cuomo.
Final week, a Lengthy Island prosecutor stated Cuomo wouldn’t face legal fees after the identical trooper stated she felt “utterly violated” by his undesirable touching at an occasion at Belmont Park in September 2019. Appearing Nassau County District Lawyer Joyce Smith stated the allegations had been credible and troubling however not legal underneath state regulation.
A report in August by Lawyer Common Letitia James chronicled accusations from 11 ladies in opposition to Cuomo and led to his resignation from workplace, though he has attacked the findings as biased and inaccurate.
In October, the Albany County sheriff’s workplace filed a misdemeanor groping criticism in opposition to Cuomo, however per week later the district lawyer requested a choose for extra time to judge the proof.
The district lawyer stated the sheriff’s one-page legal criticism, based mostly on allegations from a lady who stated Cuomo slid his hand up her shirt and grabbed her breast on the governor’s mansion in late 2020, was “probably faulty.”
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On the prosecutor’s request, a court docket delayed Cuomo’s scheduled arraignment till Jan. 7.
The alleged Westchester County incident involving the trooper occurred at Cuomo’s dwelling in Mount Kisco, in response to the district lawyer’s workplace. The trooper informed investigators that after she requested the governor if he wanted something, he responded by asking her if he might kiss her.
The trooper was involved about what would occur if she declined, so she informed investigators she answered, “Positive.”
Within the different incident, Cuomo allegedly greeted the girl by grabbing her arm, pulling her towards him and kissing her on the cheek whereas the 2 had been at an occasion at White Plains Excessive College, in response to the district lawyer’s workplace.