March 13th, 2008
05:08 PM ET

Should Spitzer face criminal charges?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/03/13/art.spitzer.gi.jpg caption=" Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation March 12, 2008 in New York City."]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Eliot Spitzer is out as governor of New York come Monday, but there are still many questions swirling around about what exactly will become of him.

Spitzer resigned yesterday amid a prostitution scandal. But he is also in a legal battle to avoid criminal charges. The U.S. Attorney has said that there's no agreement between his office and Spitzer "relating to his resignation or any other matter."

And experts describe a range of possible charges the disgraced governor could face including: money laundering, wire fraud, tax evasion, violation of the Mann Act (for paying for the prostitute to travel from New York to Washington-thus crossing state lines), misuse of state resources (if he used his government credit card for hotels or meals with prostitutes or if he was being protected by state troopers while he was frolicking with his hooker), structuring (or illegally arranging the cash payments in order to hide their purpose), and soliciting a prostitute.

Spitzer doesn't have a plea bargain, though it's believed that he's trying very hard to get one. Based on the likely charges, one expert tells Bloomberg radio that it "seems unlikely" that Spitzer will spend any time in prison.

Another possibility is he could be disbarred. In New York, an attorney can lose his license if he's not meeting the standards of conduct expected of members of the bar. He probably missed those standards by at least a few yards even though the record suggests those standards are not very high.

Here’s my question to you: Should disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer face criminal charges in connection with his prostitution scandal?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Brian from Decatur, Georgia writes:
Why not? Didn't he make a name for himself prosecuting lots of people for similar behavior? The money laundering alone should earn him some time in jail. I think most people do not care about the fact that he used the services of a prostitute, but they are angered by his hypocrisy in holding himself out to be a pillar of ethical behavior all the while he was buying the services of a hooker. I think they should give him a nice stay in jail to think about it.

Roger writes:
Actually, he should face charges for stupidity! As a lawyer/prosecutor, he obviously knew the risks he was taking. He also had to know that after the way he treated others he could expect no support from his colleagues in government. He will probably only get a slap on the wrist, even though he ruined others for much the same behavior.

V. from Ottawa writes:
What an irony. This is a nation where impeachment proceedings or criminal charges can be so seriously considered against people's sexual failings. Look at Bill Clinton or Eliot Spitzer. But a person like President Bush, whose every policy has damaged the country, often irreparably, seems to be able to get away scot-free.

Nicole from Tampa, Florida writes:
Jack, Absolutely! This man bullied his way into office and conducted a witch hunt on Wall Street. He should be taken down the same way he took down so many others. He is a despicable man and I feel so sorry for his wife and daughters. Silda looks likes she's aged 10 years over the past week.

Fred from Maine writes:
He's a hypocrite. I say a public whipping is in order.

Gerald from Monroe County, West Virginia writes:
Consenting adults, free trade… Don't we have more serious crimes to solve? If only he had gone to Vegas. It would have stayed there. And it’s legal, too.

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer
soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. marylee atlanta,ga

    Yes Jack,he is guilty...AS FAR AS I KNOW!!!

    March 13, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  2. Mark, Berwyn PA

    That is a very stupid question Jack. If he broke any laws, yes, he should face criminal charges, just like anyone else would. Duh!

    March 13, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  3. JR Salazar


    You mean to tell me only Spitzer should be booked? What about Ashley Alexandra Dupre? I think she should be booked for getting herself in this mess in the first place. Here's a fact by the time you're reading the comments, she's got 1,000 death threats on her e-mail account, at the minimum, by now.

    March 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  4. Helen

    Only if he used our tax dollars to bring himself joy. He has the right to do whatever he wants with his money. It is between him and his wife. The FBI should go back to relevant work.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  5. Amy_Michigan

    Yes he should. After all...as they keep telling us in Michigan and Florida, rules are rules and therefore laws are laws. Paying for sex is still illegal in New York and Washington DC. Now if only the mayor of Detroit would follow Spitzer's example and resign

    March 13, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  6. John Barnes

    In his resignation speech Spitzer said, "To whom much is given, much is to be expected."
    I believe these are the same words he said to the hooker as he handed over the money.

    John Barnes

    March 13, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  7. Brian

    To what point? Infidelity is so common, you'd have to prosecute 2/3 of Congress, 3/4 of the NY State Senate and Assembly and nearly 50% of the population to be fair. Perhaps a misdemeanor charge would be appropriate, but in the end what does it accomplish?

    If Gov. Spitzer violated banking laws in hiding payments, etc. then charges on those grounds seem more reasonable than on his lapse of morality.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  8. Ronald Kepics

    Hi Jack:

    Yes, he broke the law, and he should be accountable for his actions!!

    Ron K. – San Diego

    March 13, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  9. Mischelle from Illinois

    The answer is overwhelmingly, YES! The money thing is what set the investigation into play and it will be the money thing, not the sex thing, that he will do time for. Criminals are criminals, period.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  10. Brian, Decatur, GA

    Why not? Didn't he make a name for himself prosecuting lots of people for similar behavior? The money laundering alone should earn him some time in jail. I think most people do not care about the fact that he used the services of a prostitute, but they are angered by his hypocrisy in holding himself out to be a pillar of ethical behavior all the while he was doing the bumpty bump with a hooker. I think they should give him a nice stay in jail to think about it.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  11. robert from nc

    That would be wrong...however if there is illegal money issues that's a different story.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  12. Kathy/Marietta, GA

    Sure. I also think they should open a prison dedicated for public officials who are involved in sex scandals. Put in on deserted island where they have to fend for theselves only look at female snakes, lizards, aligators etc. I am sure there is some antiquated law that can be resurrected and they can be prosecuted retroactively. Let's see what Slick Willy has to say about that.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  13. Bertie B

    In the midst of the Spitzer explosion, it is time we raise another topic.

    First let me make clear that I am not pro-prostitution, if my husband did that I would kick him in the butt first, then somewhere more painful.

    We won the right to abortion because it is our bodies. Isn't it hypocritical to not use the same excuse to let them sell their bodies?
    The reason I think it is still illegal, because who wants to be the one to
    introduce that particular change in to law.

    If prostitution were legal we could spend less time on stories like this. We could have some control over diseases being passed on to innocent wives/girlfriends by requireing tests and safe sex practices.
    We could tax this very profitable business, even have a fund to stop young run-aways from becoming prostitutes out of desperation.

    We certainly don't want to turn into Amsterdam, but Switzerland has legal prostitution and they handle it well.
    Is there a lawmaker(s) strong enough to introduce such an idea??

    March 13, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  14. roger dowdle

    Actually, he should face charges for stupidity! As a lawyer/prosecuter he obviously knew the risks he was taking. He also had to know that after the way he treated others he could expect no support from his collegues in gov't. He will probably only get a slap on the wrist, even though he ruined others for much the same behavior.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  15. Les Young Oklahoma

    Jack I don't; think that former Governor Spitzer should face criminal charges un less he spent State funds. To be quite frank about it I would like to know how the information was obtained by the FBI or IRS I think there is more to this story than we may ever know. But if he is as driven and bright as they say we may fine out more.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  16. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    I saw a picture of Spitzer's "date", and I must say that she makes Paris Hilton look like Miss Piggy. I'm not mad at him for wanting to hook up with someone like that.

    However, he does deserve to be prosecuted, and possibly do some jail time if convicted.

    But if it were up to me, I'd allow him conjugal visits, at his expense!

    March 13, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  17. Stephanie

    People need to get a life so what is Spitzer was with a prositute he is not the first and he will not be the last the problem is that Spitzer was foolish he should have not closed all the other prostitute rings and left his open he should have closed all or leave them alone. I think Spitzer should only be charged with stupidity and whatever the penalty for being stupid is.

    Thank You

    March 13, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  18. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    No but I'd like to know the names of clients 1 through 8. I'll bet they become the reason Spitzer will not face any serious charges.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  19. Howard

    Without knowing the full case of the People vs Eliot Spitzer the only charge that one can speak on so far is soliciting sex, him leaving office takes care of that charge and punishment.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  20. Sarah

    Eliot Spitzer spent his entire political career fighting corruption and making very rich and powerful enemies. I am therefore very suspicious of anything of which he is accused.

    Prostitution is an abysmal institution, as is the human trafficking of women and children often connected with it. That said, I wonder how many politicians get prostitutes that are NOT being forced out of office.

    Sarah from PA

    March 13, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  21. Cookie South Dakota

    Why should he not be charged is the question? He is no better than any other American citizen and should have the same treatment as anyone of us. NO plea bargins should be allowed for him. Disbarred and jail time seems the right course for him at this point.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  22. Eric

    Heck no Jack. What he did really is mess up his families lives. New York will move on. We have top administration officials who were (are) guilty of far worse, messing up many U.S. families lives and are either pardoned or still in office.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  23. Vickie

    No CHARGES Look at David Vitter he done the same thing and the repiblicans applaued him when he came back.and then you have the bathroom sex man (Larry Craig.)He is still in congress.If he has to resgn David Vitter and the bathroom sex man should have to too. And by the way David Vitter he was all about the family man.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  24. Jed from Chico, CA

    There is no doubt that Spitzer should face some sort of criminal charges. However, his resignation should play a role in the nature and severity of charges levied and his punishment, if any, should he be convicted.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  25. Christian Chicago, IL

    Plain and simple Jack, NO. He can be disbarred if they deem it fit but jail time would be overboard. People might want to seem him in jail because of his overzealous pursuit of "wrongdoers" but he should not be made and example of. If this were a regular citizen, they would not face jail time, so why should Spitzer?

    March 13, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  26. Terry from North Carolina

    If what Spitzer did was against the law, then by all means he should face criminal charges and along with that lose his license to practice law.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  27. Josh

    No, because the only Spitzer did is have sex with an prostitute which I think is none of our business. This is just another Republican witchhunt Jack. We have an right wing dictator and his band of thugs in the White House who has repeatedly violated the U.S. Constitution as well as international law and the Geneva convention. Yet we waste our time on investigating an governor who had sex with an prostitute. We should be go after Bush, Cheney and their band of corrupt thugs. Sylvania Ohio.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  28. Ed Reed

    Jack, you're giving me a headache. Gov Spitzer overpaid for sex, lost his job and embarrased his family. Bush & Cheney lied us into unnecessary war that has killed 4,000 of our soldiers and made us less safe. Where is the sense of proportion? Where is the outrage?

    March 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  29. Bill Cochran

    Yes, under the Mann Act he did transport the call girl from New Jersey to Wash D.C. Yes, under the federal "financial restructuring statute" he did try to hide what he was doing with the $80,000 he spent on Hookers. He is not just a "John" in this prostitution gambit. He participated in long term schemes to hide his "cash payments. He also had 4 state troopers along with him resulting in misuse of State resources. At best the charges probably won't land him in Jail but they should be filed to take away his legal license which he used to prosecute people doing the same thing.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  30. tco

    My husband is an attorney and if he did to me what Spitzer did to his wife, losing his bar card or going to jail would be the least of his problems. And his Blackberry and cell phone would be buried with him.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  31. Nuwan Samaranayake

    If he clearly violated the law he must be treated like anybody else in the same situation would be treated. But he has already being punished to a certain extend. Media made a circus out of this and he lost his job too. A regular person who engage in same behaviour would only get jail time if convicted, not all this publicity and disgrace.

    Nuwan from Houston, Texas

    March 13, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  32. Dan in Chicago, Illinois

    If he broke the law he should be held accountable. If we don't hold our leaders tot he law then we're asking for problems and corruption.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  33. Harry

    Seems like I read somewhere.... "Judge not, lest ye be judged likewise".

    I suspect this may apply in this case.

    Carlisle, Ky.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  34. Greg, Athens

    Hang the guy higher? Torture his family longer? He is a fool, he is not a criminal. He is guilty of being foolish and cheating on his wife. Jail time? I don't think so.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  35. AndyZ

    In keeping with the highest traditions of immorality in the Democratic party Sptizer succeeds in parlaying his office into an affair in the footsteps of Gary Hart, Jack Kennedy and Bill Clinton. Across the aisle we have the religious right's Republican party who manage to confine their libidos to congressional pages, altar boys and a stray police officer in mens room. Is this really America or a parody written by a very sick mind?

    March 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  36. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    It's is ridiculous to talk about legally prosecuting Dudely-Do-Right. Sptizer has fallen from the pinnacle of New York society to being a disgrace. His action and behavior are worse than a crime; they are blunders. He had the same advantage of two previous occupants that lived in the White House....the only difference is that they went from Washington DC to Skunk Trot, Arkansas..Spitzer fell from 5th Avenue to Skunk Trot, Arkansas.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  37. Charles Liken, Lansing, MI

    I would like to see him prosecuted, convicted, and he and Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick forced to share a prison cell until all their children are married.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Ken

    The issue with disbarrment is not a question...he will. However, I find it funny how much the media is feeding on this when we had a Republican Senator trying to frolick with a undercover cop in the men's room and a Louisana Senator hooking up with prostitutes. Not to mention a Republican Congressman from Florida trying to commit child molestation. Where has the media coverage gone on those issues...down the drain. Hey, I guess you are right Jack, Its getting ugly out there!

    Ken-Bennettsville, SC

    March 13, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  39. Mike Finelli, Severna Park MD

    Anyone who has made a career out of riding in on a white horse to emphatically wag his finger in the face of deceit and corruption should most definitely find himself on the receiving end of that finger. If there was even a hint of sincerity in the way he conducted himself as a Governor, he should understand and insist on punishment.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  40. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Ordinarily I’d say let him off with a slap on the wrist, his wife will clean his clock for him. But since he held himself up as “holier than thou," just like Larry Craig and all the immoral televangelists that were caught doing similar things while crusading against others, I say throw the book at him with a vengeance.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  41. robert, tacoma Wa

    Absolutly he and the little hussie sporting that ring both should get time behind bars because our tax dollars paid for too many shannigans already and I would bet she hasnt filed taxes on that $4000 a POP or that ring.People say hes a self made millionaire but it still came from the people of this country, and probably other countries too.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  42. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    If he misappropriated public funds he should absolutely face criminal charges. If he fell short of public expectations and committed adultry he should not. He can talk to God about that. Either way his punishment will be having to return to the life of a multi millionaire son of a multi millionaire. I'd be willing to cavort with a high priced hooker if I could get the same punishment.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  43. Tina Ft Worth

    For having sex with a hooker, No. For breaking the Mann Act, Yes. If we are going to prosecute all the politicans for doing bone headed things we would be without government. They will go after Spitzer cause he was such a pitbull and they will make him pay.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  44. Peter Whiteley

    If joe six pack faced charges then he should. I keep wondering what he would think of any of his daughters if they were in that lucrative business?

    March 13, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  45. Fair treatment for all in Boston

    Do not moderate!
    Yes Eliot Spitzer should be treated like any other poor person would be treated if they had done what he did. He is guilty of violating the Mann Act, a Federal law. This law was unfairly used against the black boxer Jack Johnson in the 1920's because he crossed state lines with a white woman that would later become his wife. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  46. Lowell W. Lundy, Attorney Pineville, Ky 40977

    Governor Spitzer gives the evangelical mouth organs a perfecr opportunity to launch a grass roots movement to make adultery a crime like it was in the good old days. It will give them something to talk about besides abortion. And lets see how many members of the House and Senate will come out of the adultery closet to uphold the Ten Commandments on this one.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  47. Bo

    Dear Jack,

    I think that Governor Spitzer could redeem himself. Here’s how: on Monday when Lt. Gov. Paterson becomes Governor, he appoints Mr. Spitzer as a prosecutor in the state’s attorney general office. An indictment would then be issued and Mr. Spitzer would be assigned the case. His moral fortitude would compel him to bring all evidence forth and he then should be convicted, regaining his reputation.

    By the way, if prostitution were legal we’d be better off as a country because more people like Eliot Spitzer would still be out there. Infidelity is bad enough; it shouldn’t be a crime to follow human urges. How come we never get to vote on THAT issue?

    Say hi to Wolf for me.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  48. David - Mississippi

    My question is, Why should he be treated any different than a John off the street? These people make me sick, they have it all, gain the trust of the voters then turn out to be common trash. Throw the book at him and give that milk sop wife of his 6 months for standing by his side up there on the stage.

    March 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  49. ODG

    By all means he should be charged. No question about it. Spitzer needs to see what the underside of jail looks like! Better yet hand him over to Sheriff Joe in AZ...

    March 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  50. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    Spitzer Schmitzer. I am nauseated by the constant prattle about this guys hipocrasy etc etc. So he likes high priced call girls. Is he any worse than Larry Craig, or that other sleazball who sent suggestive emails to the pages? MEDIA PEOPLE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Whose money did he use? If the money wasn't his, then yes by all means bring him up on charges, otherwise let it go. Why don't you guys do a story about the fact that Larry Craig refuses to resign?

    March 13, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  51. Raul from KY

    Whoever wants to know whether to press charges, I have an easy and fair answer. Ask "Kristen".

    March 13, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  52. Calvin Darden

    He should face criminal charges. No man should be above the law. He should get punished with twice the severity being that he was trusted with the public interest. He lied to his family and the American public, but a true fool lies to himself. Whatever happened to good ole tar and feathering???

    March 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  53. Al Palmdale, California

    He should go to jail, but as we all know, jail is for those of us without political influence. Our forefathers left a country that favored this same kind of behavior. We are becoming a country who just turns their head away from this constant barrage of criminals using public office as a playground. I saw a sign in a store that read; "We prosecute shoplifters to the fullest extent of the law". Maybe we should apply that logic to our government. Think it might help Jack?

    March 13, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  54. Dylan, Pennsylvania


    Politicans and sex scandals go together like peanut butter and jelly. I'm not disappointed when I hear about them happening I'm more disappointed that an "intelligent" politicans gets caught. Is Spitzer the first politican to have one? No. Will he be the last? Definitely not. If he should be charged with anything it should be being stupid enough to get caught.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  55. Cris, Texas

    Yes! Why should his case be any different than the others he prosicuted for the same thing? He needs to follow his own rules and truly set the bar equal to the others he went after. He ruined peoples lives and he should be no different.

    P.S. Jack, I love it when you use the word "hooker"! Good job!

    March 13, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  56. Chris from Fort Myers FL

    Of course he should. Let us not forget that those who hold public office do so because we (the voters) put them them there. We hired them. They are our employees. If they perform poorly, we can fire them by means of impeachment or voting them out of office. If they break the law, then they must pay the penalty. If it is suggested that a public official should not be held accountable for breaking the law, then why bother having laws in the first place? Let's just annoint an emperor and turn the calendar back to 96 A.D.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  57. Marjorie

    I think the lost of respect from his wife and daughters is punishment enough..
    New York

    March 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  58. Richard Sternagel

    No Spitzer should not face criminal charges! He has disgaced himself in front of his family and his party! Besides doesn't government have more important things to do? I see no halo around either Democrats or Republicans concerning sex scandals !

    March 13, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  59. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Hmmm. That's a tough one. . . . .


    March 13, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  60. Charles

    Jack, if the evidence for the prosecution finds Spitzer guilty, YOU DARN SKIPPY!

    March 13, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  61. Tara McKinney, Texas

    I think that any and every politician elected to a position of public trust and who abuse those trusts should serve time and lose any rights or privileges afforded that office like Medical care for themselves and family and retirement benefits and any government paid amenities including security. They should be fined heavily and any proceeds they may make in the future that are derived from what they did while employed in that political position should be forfeited and put back into the public coiffeurs. Stealing from the American people is a very ugly thing no mater how cute the thing was you did it with.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  62. Kevin- Webster, MA

    If he misappropriated municiple funds yes. Otherwise if he spent his own money for the comfort of a overpriced sweety, that's personal and should stay pesonal.

    Just a note to other wealthy politicans out there. There are plenty of quality, beautiful, available escorts for a heck of alot less money. Stop driving up the prices with these so called VIP models.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  63. Sandi from Grand Rapids, Michigan


    Because it's about time our criminal system cuts a break for a wealthy, white, politically connected man.

    It will be a nice change of pace for us!

    March 13, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  64. Robert W. Brooks

    Jack, Spitzer should certainly face criminal charges, but given his financial situation and his abiltiy to hire the best attorney's money can buy, I seriously doubt he will ever set foot in a courtroom.

    Forest, Virginia

    March 13, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  65. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    Would Spitzer let anyone in a similar circumstance off with a simple resignation? I don't think so. For true justice to be served, he should be prosecuted just as aggressively and face the full force of the law.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  66. Isabella Morris

    For Spitzer's foes the question is not "should Spitzer face criminal charges," but "when." He's ticked off a lot of people in the past with his overzealous attitude and they are going to flock to attack him like bees to honey. And being the "honey" is not nearly as much fun as being with the honey.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  67. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Yes! Throw the book at him and then disbar him. He had no compassion for anyone when he was after them.. He should get what he gave.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  68. Natalie NJ

    YES if there is cause most certainly. WHy shoudl he get any preferential treatment?

    March 13, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  69. Ralph Taliercio - Long Island, NY

    He will if the prosecutor is as tough, arrogant, and self rightous as he was as attorney general and governor. And I who voted for him three times.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  70. Pat S

    Spitzer should be prosecuted only if clients 1-9 are also brought up on charges...and everyone else involved. I always wonder if all the people who use such services that are in business and government get nervous and paranoid when news like this gets nation wide attention. It is obvious there are many more clients out there than 9. Oh, and all charged should be made public and perhaps you could have a map indicating the hubs of activity.

    Pat S
    Warner Robins GA

    March 13, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  71. Joe in DE

    He probably shold be for misappropiation of state funds but the deal has been made. It is fortunate that he resigned.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  72. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Ha! "The Mann Act"? Seriously? That's the name of the piece of law that prohibits prostitutes from crossing state-lines for favors? C'mon Jack, you have to admit that's pretty hilarious.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  73. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Let's not start a witch hunt. He broke the law by a paying a prostitute for sex just like so many do in this country. That is what he should be fined for plus he resigned from being governor of New York in disgrace. I feel sorry for his wife and children they have suffered enough. That is where he might receive the worst punishment of all, losing his family. Larry Craig paid a fine for soliciting sex in a men's bathroom and all was forgotten.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  74. Liz - Winter Haven, Florida

    Yes. Giving up his job should not be enough to get him off the hook, it wouldn't work for anyone else so why should it work for him.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  75. Paul

    No. Unless Vitter does. Or is it ok for republican to be involved in prostitution? Hm...

    March 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  76. mimi de la cruz

    If you and I would,and i believe we would, so should he.

    March 13, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  77. Michael

    Yes! For breaking the law while holding public office should be 2 times stricter!!!

    March 13, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  78. Nora. South Texas

    The media is going nuts with this and all I can think about is his poor kids. They are teenagers and they are aware of what has gone on. Whatever happens to him now really does not matter, but he has to be accountable for anything he did wrong. Out of respect for his kids I wish people would quit dragging this through the headllines like they have nothing else to write about. I know it is an easy target right now, but maybe something more shocking will come up and they will start to leave this alone. No mercy for this man,he does not deserve it.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  79. Jack

    No. He's still a Democrat and should be exempt from prosecution!

    March 13, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  80. kelly thompson

    Absolutely!!! An elected official breaking the law just because it was just sex is unacceptable. If it's a law,then it applies like any other. Does a mother of hungry children get to steal food? Can I tell my child he can steal candy just because he wants it real bad? NOOOO!!! The law is not negotiable just because you are governor. It applies to all of us.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  81. Sue


    March 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  82. Jonathan

    Why is this still in the news? We should be talking about more substantive issues like the U.S. Congress bickering about which side messed up first rather than possible solutions to fix the coming problems of our entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). Or how about the real reason of why oil is up to 110 USD per barrel but the price in gold has stayed relatively constant?

    March 13, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  83. Joan

    Yes if he broke the law, but only if Vitter, the female in question and all the other clients face prosecution. Of course the other clients are probably friends of the "highly connected" and they won't even be named.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  84. Mike

    Jack let me get this right. He was outsourcing sex a crime? Why is that a crime and companies outsourcing labor to the cheapest market is not? Frankly I don't really care what politicians do in their spare time. Lets stay on focus.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  85. Nelson in NJ

    While I do not think it should be illegal, it is and I have to ask what would the police do to me if I were in his situation. I believe I would be arrested and fined at a minimum.

    Jack, I think a better question to ask would be 'Spitzer reportedly paid $80,000 for these services. Can I see a show of hands of everyone who made less than $80,000 last year?'

    Somerdale, NJ

    March 13, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  86. Jason

    The fact is that he likely WILL NOT face charges regardless of public opinion. This will be yet another case of a high-ranking public official receiving no punishment for a crime that would have landed any of his constituents in jail (or at least with a smear on their record). We can debate whether prostitution SHOULD be a crime, but it currently IS a crime. Either prosecute all people breaking a law or none. I'll be watching to see whether Spitzer is prosecuted, but I won't be holding my breath.

    Indianapolis, IN

    March 13, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  87. Sam, Houston, TX

    Yes, Spitzer should(MUST) face charges because under his reign, others have faced charges for the same thing.

    Sam, Houston, TX

    March 13, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  88. O. A. Eze a.k.a OGB in Austell, GA

    Nobody is above the law, for what a man sows, he will eventually reap. If he broke the law, then he will have to face the law. If a person lesser than his status was caught in the same crime, without question, the person would be punished. My opinion is this – 'the time has come for America to seriously start cracking down on everything called, "sexual vices," – live and virtual. Our society has been so polluted that prostitution is now almost seen as acceptable.' Can we begin restoring our moral reputation in the community of nations – let us begin and start sanitizing our minds. May God help us all.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  89. Jon Olson, Austin, TX

    What a waste of time, energy, and funds to go after a guy who did what happens just outside of Vegas every single day. I realize Spitzer has a long list of enemies, but we have much bigger problems in our country. New York got an excellent replacement out of the deal. Here's a thought: have Spitzer fund a re-vote in Michigan and Florida as his punishment.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  90. LINDA - FL.



    March 13, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  91. jay


    I'd say this: "If Tyrone Jenkins would face charges for this, then so should Spitzer!!"

    He, Larry Craig, and every other crooked politician should be held to the same laws that they generate for the people of this country (to abide by.) They're elected status should not be a barganing chip for a "Get Out of Jail Free" card.

    Jay, Indiana

    March 13, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  92. Pat in Kentucky

    Yes, he is guility of doing what most men want to do, if they could
    afford it. He was wrong and I feel sorry for his family. He has an
    ego about as big as you know what. If he used funds from the state
    he should be punished.
    Pat in KY

    March 13, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  93. Ray Houston, Tx

    As stupid, and above the law as Eliot Spitzer might think he is, more than likely he will not face any charges. I think that dis-barment might be the most adequate punishment, even though the taking of someone livily hood stuns my sense of honor, in this case a millionaire losing his license to practice law probablly want hurt him much. 80,000 on a sexual escapade is more than most of us make in a years time.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  94. Fishgod

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone................ Robert in Las Vegas Nv.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  95. Dan


    I am a long time viewer but first time writer!

    It’s my understanding that he (Spitzer) championed the laws involving his problems! I firmly believe that any elected official should follow his or hers own convictions. No one should be allowed to pass or advocate that which they themselves can’t adhere to. It sets an unreasonable bar for the rest of us!

    I say, hang him out to dry!

    March 13, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  96. Gigi in Alabama

    I am of the same opinion as so many others . . . Paying for sex and getting caught is bad, but the sins of Bush/Cheney and Company with regard to war is an impeachable offense and what is our sissy Democratic Congress done about it? Absolutely nothing!! I get physically ill thinking about the young men and women that have died or have been maimed for life because of the lies of these people. January 2009 cannot come fast enough to suit me. . . good ridance (sp) to bad rubbish.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  97. Mary

    Jack, Spitzer was doing a good job; you guys in the news media and press thrive on "sex stories." Who gives a rats tail who they sleep with; I just want them to do their job. While our fine military are losing their lives in Iraq for OIL, all you guys can think of is sex. My heart goes out to Spitzer as that is a personnel affair between his family and God. Get off his back.

    Asheville NC

    March 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  98. joe from jamestown ny

    I'm not a spitzer supporter since he tried to get illegals driver licenses but it looks like he has paid a very high price for his folly. Let him and his family be.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  99. Gigi in Alabama

    I am of the same opinion as so many others . . . Paying for sex and getting caught is bad, but the sins of Bush/Cheney and Company with regard to war is an impeachable offense and what is our sissy Democratic Congress done about it? Absolutely nothing!! I get physically ill thinking about the young men and women that have died or have been maimed for life because of the lies of these people. January 2009 cannot come fast enough to suit me. . . good ridance (sp) to bad rubbish.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  100. Tommy from San Diego

    No! Just because this guy ruled with an iron fist does not mean we cannot show him the compassion that he failed to show so many others. Forgiving him and realizing how much he has suffered and will continue to suffer for sometime to come is punishment enough. I don't agree with his actions but I think it's time we begin showing people that compassion still exist.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  101. Kimberly

    Why is it that everyone but his wife......who IS most important......have a problem with Spitzer's sex life. Americans need to mind their own business. We're too busy judging everyone when the real hypocite is in the mirror. If he broke federal laws then prosecute him. If not, leave the man alone. I'm sure he & his wife can work thngs out.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  102. Norma H.

    Absolutely. But along with him, I think all other 'Johns' in similar prostitution cases across the country should face criminal charges as well. Thousands of prostitutes are jailed nightly across America and yet the men who buy their sex are set free. Eliot Spitzer should face charges not because he is a self-righteous hypocrite, but because the law requires it.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  103. Jason - Indianapolis, IN

    The fact is that he will not be charged regardless of public opinion. This will be yet another example of a high-ranking public official let off the hook in a case that any of his constituents would have been charged. We can debate whether prostitution SHOULD be a crime, but it currently IS a crime. Our elected officials must be held to at least the same standard (if not a higher standard!) as those who they serve.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  104. Don K.- Upper Peninsula of Michigan

    Darn right he former Governor should be prosecuted. If this had happened to anyone other than Spitzer, they would already be in jail. The Govenor should pay for his crime. He knew it was a crime as a former Attorney General of New York. Why should he be treated any different. Give me a break, Jack!

    March 13, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  105. Sherrie

    Of course! The money apparently was stolen from the people of New York, I think. Just another hypocritical politician, I guess.

    Sherrie – New Jersey

    March 13, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  106. Amnesty is Treason

    these politicians are the folks that write the laws for ordinary citizens to obey and if not then charges are brought forth; these politicians are the first people to be thrown in jail and double the usual sentences as they are the people who should whole heartedly know better!

    the way these criminals(politicians) walk away from charges is a disgrace to a democratic society!

    March 13, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  107. Amy from Granite Bay, CA

    Short and simple: If he's broken the law, then he should be charged. At least we know now that he was passionate about his work...

    March 13, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  108. Patrick

    For Mr. Dershowitz to assent to prostitution legal reform is fine, but to indicate it as acceptable behavior for elected officials, then I suggest we include high crimes and misdermeanors in their oath of office pledge as cause for impeachment, termination and criminal prosecution. If he was just unfaithful to his wife, that’s between them and his conscience. But when it’s with a felonious criminal organization with links to possible other dubious criminal activities then Dershowitz’s argument is moot. Yes he should face criminal charges.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  109. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Although I personally believe prostitution, depending on how it's handled should not be a crime, yes....Spitzer should be charged criminally and here's why: He promoted harsher penalties for those who make use of the services prostitutes offer. He needs to be held to the standards he set. End of story.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  110. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack. former Governor Spitzer deserves the maximum penalty under law, for his long list of crimes. As attorney general, this man went out of his way, to prosecute anyone, for anything. He never gave anyone a break and doesn't deserve one. I believe in Karma.

    March 13, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  111. Grand Nagus

    Yes he should face criminal charges but as we all know.....Justice are for those who can afford it. Spitzer has enough money sans what he spent on "Kristen" to buy his "get out of jail free" card.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  112. Gerald, Monroe Co. WV

    Consenting adults, free trade – don't we have more serious crimes to solve? If only he had gone to Vegas- it would have stayed there- legal too.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  113. Bill Rico

    He should face punishment just like all the other middle class men who do the same 🙂 what makes him so special? has he made an effort to bring world peace or try and bring talks to the table about what is going on in Darfur? Then maybe i would have a touch of sympathy. But wait, he's a grown man who should have known better. Tisk Tisk.

    Thank you Mr.Cafferty for your wonderful programing

    Bill Rico
    Woodbridge, Ontario-Canada

    March 13, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  114. David in Raleigh, NC

    Spitzer should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Anytime that a politician isn't prosecuted for crimes they commit, it creates the perception that they are above the law.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  115. VG

    What an irony.
    This is a nation where impeachment proceedings or criminal charges can be so seriously considered against people's sexual failings – look at Bill Clinton or Eliot Spitzer.
    But a person like President Bush, whose every policy has damaged the country, often irreparably, seems to be able to get away scot-free.

    VG – Ottawa

    March 13, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  116. Carrie in Colorado

    If anyone was caught involved a prostitution ring – wouldn't they face charges? This notion that because he was a governor and he's "suffered" enough is nonsense. Is any punishment enough for the burden, humiliation and udder disrespect he laid on his wife and daughters! How is it that losing a political career and hurting your family should somehow release you from legal consequences to your actions? Apparently his political career and family weren't all too important to him!

    March 13, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  117. michaun

    Heck NO! it just so happens he got busted,,,IF GOV funds involved, then due time and court charges sure,,,,,,,,,,,,, but loss of his family, job, and a record of being Known for ' that call girl guy' is plenty.I wonder who the other 8 Clients might just be ousted?
    georgetown texas, michaun

    March 13, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  118. Matt

    Sure, right after we prosecute Senator Vitter.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  119. Brenda, Danielson Connecticut

    The corrupt politicians should definitely face criminal charges. In fact, I believe every government official should be mandated to spend two years in prison for past, present and future crimes. There is no such thing as an honest politician. Nail them all.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  120. Christine King

    If Spitzer broke the law and was caught, he should face criminal charges. That's the way it's supposed to work, isn't it?

    March 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  121. S. J. Nimmons SC

    Jack, American society was built on rules which everyone are expected to follow, even the Governor of New York. Eliot Spitzer broke the law and I am pretty sure more than a handful of people expect the same treatment they would get for the same crimes.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  122. jandel

    With Michael Vick facing criminal charges for dog fighting and spending time in jail; Marion Jones doing the same for steroid charges; why shouldn't a criminal charge be a criminal charge for this governor, who to me has a higher standard to uphold than professional athletes...Athletes have to uphold standards of their profession and so do political professionals! Why is there even a question on this?....if you do the crime, you do the time....

    March 13, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  123. Philip

    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. if the hooker will not be facing any charges why should spitzer

    March 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  124. Pat Powell

    Though he is not better/worse than half those morons in the present government, he acted like he was Mr Pure, therefore, he has broken the law and got caught at it...pay the price for your arrogance,Sptizer!

    March 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  125. Bill Gardner

    As old Eliot used to say to his victims"...commit the crime, you'll do the time." Hope he learned that the pole he is sliding down in life sure feels different than the one he so zealouly climbed in his career building crusade. Shame on him!

    March 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  126. Melissa Stanton

    Yes, and investigators should check whether or not Eliot Spitzer was patronizing prostitution rings while he was the Attorney General of New York. Imagine that. The state's top prosecutor as a top client of an illegal industry he was supposed to police.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  127. Ahmad

    Give Spitzer a break. Lets not forget that this man did great things for NYC and last i checked you cant be on trial for hypocrisy otherwise that opens a huge pandora's box for almost every politician in DC. Spitzer has been humiliated enough but i have a good feeling we havent seen the last of him.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  128. Margo

    Yes he should go to jail....unless of course he holds himself to a different standard than the other citizens he ensured received jail time for similar offenses.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  129. Greg

    Jack, Spitzer should get a medal if that is all he has done wrong.

    March 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm |