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Spitzer To Resign Monday:

Commenter Anton K points to an item on the WSJ Law Blog that says that Spitzer will resign effective Monday.

Orielbean (mail):
Once Craig and Vitter follow suit, a little balance will be restored in the world.

Just kidding. That would never happen.
3.12.2008 12:22pm
Aeon J. Skoble (mail):
Oh, well, since he therefore has a few more days left of executive authority, perhaps he'd consider issuing pardons to people he put in prison for doing exactly what he has been caught doing.
3.12.2008 12:38pm
Carolina:
I'm with Aeon. I have done criminal defense work, and am normally pretty sympathetic to people facing criminal charges.

But this guy put people in prison, and crowed about it on the TV news, for running the exact same kind of business he himself was patronizing. There may be a word for this, but it's not hypocrisy - that's far too weak a word.

I mean, seriously, how does a person with any sort of conscience sleep at night knowing he is throwing people in jail for the same thing he himself is doing.
3.12.2008 12:52pm
Ralph Phelan (mail):
Remembering Mike Nifong's drawn-out resignation process, I'm not gonna believe it's gonna happen until it's actually happened.
3.12.2008 12:55pm
titus32:
Oh, well, since he therefore has a few more days left of executive authority, perhaps he'd consider issuing pardons to people he put in prison for doing exactly what he has been caught doing.

Were any johns imprisoned as a result of Spitzer's prosecutions?
3.12.2008 12:56pm
ChrisIowa (mail):
Can the Governor pardon himself for the State crimes before he leaves office?
3.12.2008 1:03pm
Aeon J. Skoble (mail):
titus32: "Were any johns imprisoned as a result of Spitzer's prosecutions?"
I don't know, but see Carolina's relpy - the salient point is that he was a customer of a business he put people in jail for running. If the business is so bad that you think people should go to jail for running it, I would think you'd have the same view of people who patronize it. But he's above the law, so I guess that doesn't apply to him.
3.12.2008 1:05pm
ejo:
having seen him in action the last couple of days, didn't anyone ever notice that he appears to be a sociopath. he certainly doesn't think he did anything wrong and persists in dragging his wife up there while himself showing no emotional strain or remorse. thank god that he will never get near the presidency-I guess we can be thankful that prostitution remains illegal for that reason alone.
3.12.2008 1:06pm
Orielbean (mail):
I'm with ejo - all my NYC buddies agreed that he was a scary dude even before this. Someone else wondered yesterday if he was asked by the Emperor's Club people to stamp out some of the competition. That would be a great story to read...
3.12.2008 1:19pm
Mongoose388:
I've laready heard some talking head pundits saying that to prosecute Spitzer, all the other numbered clients have to prosecuted as well.As a govenor, and former rosecutor, Spitzer deserves to be prosecuted and held to a higher standard.He should be selectively prosecuted.
3.12.2008 1:34pm
Dan Weber (www):
If we're talking about the Mann Act, there's no evidence that Clients 1 through 8 were violating that. Same with the money laundering charges, although I don't understand those as well.
3.12.2008 1:39pm
Bob from Ohio (mail):
Spitzer is now represented in part by Scooter Libby's lawyer. So, he is screwed.

Not a criminal lawyer but my understanding is that a successful selective prosection defense is very rare. Prosecutors have discretion and the people have to be nearly exactly similar. Dan Weber points to some obvious potential differences.

Any experts want to chime in?
3.12.2008 1:47pm
Lonely Capitalist (mail):
Did anyone ever find out what those "dangerous things" he wanted the girls to do were?

My theory is that since he has three teenaged daughters he's freaking out knowing that they're going out into a world with men with proclivities like his.
3.12.2008 2:03pm
Paul Milligan (mail) (www):
Alan Dershowitz ( sic ? ) was on the tube last night SCREAMING about how 'Poor Eliot shouldn't be charged with ANYTHING, shouldn't have to resign, and it should be left up to the voters at the next regular election', IOW in his opinion it's a COMPLETE non-starter on all levels. Unreal.

So what, the Governor is happily breaking state and Federal laws repeatedly, knowingly, flagrantly ? So what, he's totally vulnerable to blackmail and influence of his official acts ?

Of course, Spitzer can afford to blow a few million $$$ on lawyers ( if he can't write the check, his Daddy will write it for him ) and not even notice the money is gone. So I'm sure 'justice' will follow it's usual course :-(
3.12.2008 2:04pm
CheckEnclosed (mail):
If, as suggested in Slate, use of the pseudonym George Fox was based on an early Quaker (and there I was thinking of George Eliot), maybe Spitzer was using Oatmeal in imaginative ways (high in fiber).

Isn't the idea of someone with a $179,000 annual salary who's able to pony up $4,300/hr. on multiple occasions suggestive of surreptitious sources of funds in itself?
3.12.2008 2:34pm
A. Zarkov (mail):
Come on guys. Suppose you got a gift certificate for any one of the service providers advertised on the Emperor Club website. What would you do? Throw it away? Give it someone else? In my opinion, most guys would use it. I can forgive Spitzer for using the services, but not for being stupid. He should have text messeged using a disposable cell phone. He should never have arranged for the transportation or the hotel room; the Club should provide all that. He should have paid in cash or gold coins. As a smart lawyer and a former prosecutor, he was well aware of the downside risks. Had he been more circumspect, his biggest crime would have been a misdemeanor. As for being a hypocrite, I expect that kind of thing from politicians. All the same I'm glad to see him go down because of his nasty arrogant attitude. He had lots of enemies and few friends. That's what really undid him.
3.12.2008 2:36pm
JohnO (mail):
Usually, when someone talks about a public person's or government official's behavior making them a good candidate to be blackmailed, I am highly, highly skeptical (like the idea that gays can't serve in the government because they could be blackmailed). But this is a case where the chief executive of a state had really put himself in a position to be compromised through blackmail.
3.12.2008 3:10pm
Sean O'Hara (mail) (www):
But this is a case where the chief executive of a state had really put himself in a position to be compromised through blackmail.


Especially if it's true that the Emperor's Club is run by the Gambinos.
3.12.2008 3:16pm
Carolina:
I just wanted to add that I have absolutely nothing against prostitution, and think it should be legalized.

I do have something against arrogant, sanctimonious prosecutors who throw people in jail, taking away their freedom, while patronizing the very same businesses themselves.
3.12.2008 3:33pm
titus32:
Isn't the idea of someone with a $179,000 annual salary who's able to pony up $4,300/hr. on multiple occasions suggestive of surreptitious sources of funds in itself?

I thought Spitzer had some money from his (and his wife's) days in private practice.
3.12.2008 4:00pm
Libertarian1 (mail):
Did anyone ever find out what those "dangerous things" he wanted the girls to do were?

My theory is that since he has three teenaged daughters he's freaking out knowing that they're going out into a world with men with proclivities like his.



I have read several sources that said he didn't want to wear a condom during vaginal intercourse. He was also asked to wear one as a recipient of fellatio. He demurred, but reluctantly agreed when told he had no choice.

Those do not seem to be crimes against nature.
3.12.2008 4:12pm
Crackmonkeyjr (www):
Isn't the idea of someone with a $179,000 annual salary who's able to pony up $4,300/hr. on multiple occasions suggestive of surreptitious sources of funds in itself?
I don't have a source, but I'm pretty sure that he is a trust fund kid.
3.12.2008 4:14pm
PersonFromPorlock:
A. Zarkov:

Come on guys. Suppose you got a gift certificate for any one of the service providers advertised on the Emperor Club website. What would you do? Throw it away? Give it someone else? In my opinion, most guys would use it.

I doubt it. There's the matter of keeping your word (marriage vows are your word) and most of us married guys are friends with our wives; friends don't screw friends, so to speak.
3.12.2008 4:31pm
gvibes (mail):
Spitzer's dad is rumored to be worth on the order of $500M.
3.12.2008 4:31pm
gvibes (mail):
Sorry for a second post, but the following article says that Bernard Spitzer is worth approximately $500M

Helping hand from dad
3.12.2008 4:32pm
Harry Eagar (mail):
Well. Wide stances are out. Now narrow stances are out.

What's left?
3.12.2008 5:39pm
dcuser (mail):
This is the one honorable thing Spitzer's done in the whole affair -- and it compares favorably to, say Vitter and Craig.
3.12.2008 5:50pm