[guest post by JVW]
As if we didn’t all see this coming a mile away:
The Albany County District Attorney’s office said Tuesday it was dropping criminal charges of forcible touching against former New York governor Andrew Cuomo just days before he was set to be arraigned.
District attorney David Soares announced the dismissal of the misdemeanor criminal charges related to accusations that Cuomo forcibly touched a female aide in the governor’s mansion in December 2020, but added that the woman’s complaint was credible.
“After review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial,” he said in a statement.
“As such we have notified the Court that we are declining to prosecute this matter and requesting the charges filed by the Albany County Sheriff be dismissed,” Soares added.
This allegation had been brought forth by a former Cuomo aide who claimed that the disgraced dickhead ex-governor had groped her breast during an office encounter in December 2020. The Albany DA’s announcement follows on the heels of last week’s announcement by the Westchester County DA that her office won’t be prosecuting Andy the Asshole despite finding the allegations “credible,” owing to that whole pesky “burden of proof” thingy. Nassau County’s DA office also determined that the grossly groping former governor would not be prosecuted for having touched a female state trooper in an unwanted manner, though in this case they felt that his behavior, while typically obnoxious, did not rise to the level of a crime.
The district attorneys of the three counties may be absolutely correct in their respective assessments of these matters, but one can’t help but think (especially if one is as jaundiced a cynic as I am) that a huge part of this is that Empire State Democrats negotiated with crapweasel Cuomo throughout this past summer, promising him that in return for his resignation he would not face any criminal charges (though I assume he is still subject to civil lawsuits for his actions, and I earnestly hope they are forthcoming). It should be noted that both the Albany County and the Westchester County DAs are fellow Democrats, and while the Nassau County DA is in fact a Republican, she is brand-new in the position and inherited a case in which staffers of the former district attorney, a Democrat, or the acting district attorney, very likely a Democrat, had already made the decision not to prosecute. With today’s announcement from Mr. Soares, we’re now down to two final prosecutors, Oswego County DA Greg Oakes (a Republican), and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg (oh come on, do you have to inquire about his party affiliation?) who could possibly still decide to bring charges. Mr. Bragg’s office has already delivered a wet kiss to the disgraced prick of an ex-governor by dropping the investigation into the Cuomo Administrations lies about their COVID policy as pertains to nursing homes. (To be fair, it would appear that Mr. Bragg doesn’t like prosecuting folks — at least those not affiliated with law-enforcement — all that much to begin with.) Here’s guessing that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office also takes a pass on prosecuting Andrew Cuomo.
So this ends just about how most of us expected. Don’t be surprised if the former governor — did I mention that I think he’s a real asshole? — also somehow finds a way to keep all of his ill-gotten book royalties as well. When the fix is in, the fix is in.