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Monday, May 19, 2008

From prosecutor to private practice and back again.

New York Attorney General Cuomo has secretly convened a grand jury to investigate allegations of involvement by the New York State police in politically motivated plots to discredit state legislators and other politicians, according to an exclusive story in today’s New York Post. The Post says an unnamed source close to the New York Power Authority identified this secret grand jury as the source of the subpoena served on the Authority’s now-suspended inspector general, Daniel Wiese, a former colonel in the State Police. The article states that in late March, Governor Patterson sent Cuomo a letter authorizing him to conduct the inquiry under New York State Executive Law § 63.3, which allows an attorney general to investigate indictable offenses at the request of the governor.

The subpoena for Wiese’s electronic communications resulted in the revelation that these records had mysteriously gone missing. Then last week, the former State Police security chief for governors Spitzer and Pataki, Gary Berwick, committed suicide. The Post story says the grand jury has issued a subpoena for Berwick’s suicide note.

Cuomo has assembled an impressive team of lawyers and investigators to conduct the inquiry into the so-called Troopergate scandal, headed by former federal prosecutor Sharon McCarthy. The former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, McCarthy gave up a lucrative partnership at Kostelanetz & Fink, a Manhattan law firm specializing in white collar and tax offenses, to take the position.

Since we’re right across the street from the New York AG’s office, I sometimes run into Sharon at Starbucks. Though she is always rushing off to work, she is invariably pleasant. But potential targets of her investigation should not be lulled into complacency by her pleasant demeanor. She is a skilled and tenacious prosecutor, and for her to leave her partnership to head this investigation, she must believe there is some meat on the bones of these allegations. CR

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