David Paterson's Other Headache: Ex-Aide Takes 5th in Probes
The integrity commission issued a report in March that found the governor had told several whoppers in his account of how he scored the ducats. Johnson ducked subpoenas for weeks before apparently deciding he had nothing he wanted to say. The domestic violence probe is being conducted by former chief state judge Judith Kaye, who was appointed special prosecutor after the probe became too hot to handle for state attorney general and now-gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo. Kaye's only comment is that she's "just plugging ahead," Kovaleski writes.
Johnson's lawyer, Oscar Michelen, also declined comment on his client's status. But, as the Times notes, he had plenty to say about the usefulness of invoking the constitutional privilege on his chatty Web site, "Courtroom Strategy."
I recently represented a well-known R & B singer involved in an incident at a Louis Vuitton store. The Manhattan DA had sought him for questioning and under our advice, he refused to answer any questions. The result - he was never arrested, never called to testify and never exposed to prosecution. A notorious judge in Suffolk County, NY used to have a huge stuffed fish behind his desk in his chambers. The plaque underneath read "I'd be OK if I had just kept my big mouth shut." An important reminder.