No charges for ex-NY governor in Yankee tickets scandal
(AP) - Former Gov. David Paterson will not faceperjury charges on allegations that he lied about taking freeYankees tickets for the 2009 World Series, a decision thateffectively puts an end to the most serious legal problem stemmingfrom his tumultuous administration.
The Commission on Public Integrity charged in a report last yearthat Paterson violated ethics laws when he contradicted his staff,the Yankees and common sense by falsely claiming that he alwaysintended to pay for the tickets. There was also a question ofwhether the Democratic governor purposely gave false testimonyabout having written an $850 check in advance for two tickets.
In a letter sent to Paterson's lawyer Wednesday, Albany CountyDistrict Attorney David Soares did not dispute the charges but saidthere was not sufficient evidence to prove them beyond a reasonabledoubt.
Spokesman Sean Darcy said the former governor had no immediatecomment, but Paterson had previously denied any wrongdoing. Theletter was first reported by the Daily News and was releasedSaturday.
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