Independent counsel: Paterson made "errors of judgment"

Judith Kaye's independent counsel investigation of David Paterson's involvement with Sherr-Una Booker, the woman who accused Paterson aide David Johnson of domestic violence, released its report today. From the executive summary:

The Independent Counsel finds no evidence that the State Police or the Executive Chamber interfered with the NYPD response to the October 31, 2009 domestic incident. However, evidence revealed errors in the NYPD response to the incident and errors in judgment following the incident by the head of the Governor's State Police protection detail, by Johnson and another close aide to the Governor, and indeed by the Governor himself. There were numerous telephone contacts between the Governor and Booker, some that he initiated even after he became aware of the serious nature of her accusations, and even just after he referred this matter to the [office of the attorney general]. Regardless of any good faith reasons on the part of the Governor for contacts that he initiated, these were errors of judgment.

The report doesn't recommend that Paterson face any charges, but says the evidence "warrants consideration of possible charges against David Johnson." Booker recently said she would ask prosecutors to pursue charges against Johnson.

The news that state police may have had tried to influence Booker -- and that Paterson himself had contacted her -- prompted the governor to halt his bid for re-election.

About those Yankee tickets: the Kaye report says the Paterson administration's alleged attempt to score free Yankees tickets "remains under review."

Comments

Should there be an "e" in the word "judgment" in your headline?

Editors: Fixed. Thanks.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Bike-hike trail survey

The Capital District Transportation Committee is in the process of updating its survey of bike/hike trails in the region, such as the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail... (more)

Basilica Soundscape 2016 lineup

Catching up: Basilica Soundscape returns to Basilica Hudson September 16-18. And the full lineup is out -- headliners include Explosions in the Sky, Wolves in... (more)

Morning Blend

Siena poll: Voters have low confidence in ethics legislation A new Siena College Poll shows 56 percent of voters do not believe that ethics reforms... (more)

A cookbook for designing Albany streets

The city of Albany's ongoing process to plan for a more walkable and bike-friendly future took another step forward this week with the public presentation... (more)

Walking in Hamilton's footsteps

Albany is presenting with many of the symptoms of Hamilton fever. A themed tour of a historic home. A themed exhibit at a museum. And... (more)

Recent Comments

The best piece of advice I give friends who admire how much stuff I don't have is: if you don't use it, lose it!

Morning Blend for Jun 30

...has 1 comment, most recently from Kate

Design help for organizing a house?

...has 6 comments, most recently from Melissa

Downtown Troy car share

...has 1 comment, most recently from Robyn

What's up in the Neighborhood

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jamie

Pulled pork plate at Middleburgers BBQ

...has 9 comments, most recently from SchoLocal