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?


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March 10th, 2008
05:55 PM ET

Will Spitzer have to resign?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is apologizing to his family and the public for a personal matter he's not giving details on.

But the New York Times reported that Spitzer told advisers he was involved in a prostitution ring. Apparently the governor was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute at a Washington hotel.

Keep in mind, this is a guy who pledged to bring ethics reform to the state's capital. Back when he was attorney general, Time magazine named him "Crusader of the Year" and the tabloids dubbed him "Eliot Ness." What is it about politicians and illicit sex?

Former President Bill Clinton tried to cover up the Monica Lewinsky scandal, repeatedly declaring his innocence and insisting he "did not have sexual relations with that woman” before he was eventually impeached by the House.

A few years ago, New Jersey's Governor Jim McGreevey, also a married father, resigned after revealing he was gay and had an affair with a man, a former employee whom he had named as head the state's Office of Homeland Security.

Then there was Congressman Mark Foley. He also resigned after reports that he had sent racy e-mails to at least one underage male page.

And we have Larry Craig, who is still a member in good standing of the United States Senate, despite the fact that he was arrested in the Minneapolis Airport after cruising the men's room there trying to solicit sex from an undercover cop.

Why do politicians think they can hide this kind of stuff from the public and get away with it?

Here’s my question to you: Will New York Governor Eliot Spitzer have to resign after a report that he’s involved in a prostitution ring?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Eliot Spitzer