(ReliableNews.org) – Andrew Cuomo’s political career started falling apart after the New York Attorney General’s Office released a scathing report on August 3, 2021, concluding he had sexually harassed/assaulted at least 11 current and former state workers. A week later, the three-term Democratic governor of New York announced his resignation. As one might expect, local district attorneys quickly followed up with criminal investigations. But in a surprising twist, prosecutors declined to file any charges against the now-disgraced former governor.
On Monday, January 31, Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes released a statement to news outlets announcing his decision not to pursue criminal charges against Cuomo. According to Oakes, he concluded there wasn’t a “sufficient legal basis” to criminally charge the former governor after reviewing the available evidence and applicable New York statutes.
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Oakes said he decided not to prosecute Cuomo solely upon the relevant state statutes and legal precedent. Continuing, he emphasized his declination did not reflect or cast any doubt on “the character or credibility” of Cuomo’s accuser, Virginia Limmiatis. Ms. Limmiatis had alleged Cuomo grabbed her chest at a government event in 2017.
Oakes told the New York Post he believed Limmiatis’ allegation, adding his decision not to pursue criminal charges shouldn’t serve as “a positive reflection” on the disgraced former governor, nor was it an “exoneration.”
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