Spitzer’s Loose Public Talk and Private Emails

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4 Responses

  1. AF says:

    Judging by the tone of your posts on Spitzer, I would expect your upcoming book to reflect Mr. Greenberg’s perspective on the NY AG’s investigation of AIG, rather than anything approaching a disinterested scholarly assessment.

  2. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    AF: Not quite. The book will document Spitzer’s conduct in the course of the AIG matter as well as several related cases.

  3. Lucy Powell says:

    Didn’t Spitzer resign as governor after being revealed to be an actual criminal? Something about criminal solicitation of prostitution and evading federal banking laws. Not likely a reliable source, especially on questions of law and morality.

  4. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Lucy: To a degree. As the writer Peter Elkind explained in his book, The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer:

    “Spitzer’s entire political strategy was based on his projection of an image as a moralist. That he broke numerous laws, so furtively and mischievously, to engage in extramarital sex with young [prostitutes] blew his cover. He was not what he portrayed himself to be. At best, he was a hypocrite. His tactics in the cases he brought underscored that he was not, in fact, the devotee of the rule of law or proponent of justice he and his media friends projected. But in their zeal to condemn, Spitzer and his fans overlooked many principles of legal ethics designed to prevent prosecutors from harassing citizens and unfairly or wantonly destroying reputations.”

    Despite Elkind’s good points and yours, reliabilty is complex. Saints can be wrong and sinners right. To me, the problem with Spitzer’s statements to the press this week, and while A.G., is not that they were made by a hypocrite with obvious problems, but that they simply ignore the facts.