Governor’s lawyer: Ethics panel “wildly misrepresented” facts


Here’s the full statement from Theodore Wells, an attorney for Gov. David Paterson, regarding the $62,125 fine the state Commission on Public Integrity levied on the governor yesterday. Paterson, who leaves office Dec. 31, was fined for soliciting and using five free tickets to a Yankees World Series game last year, and for lying to the commission about it. The Yankees ultimately were reimbursed for the tickets. Albany County District Attorney David Soares is reviewing the case to decide whether criminal charges are warranted.

From Wells:

“The Public Integrity Commission’s decision to impose a punitive fine for alleged perjury when its own hearing officer did not find that the Governor gave false testimony is outrageous.  In issuing its decision, and rejecting the significantly lower fine of $10,000 recommended by its hearing officer, the Commission has wildly misrepresented the facts, exceeded its legal authority, and generally confirmed what has long been obvious: that these proceedings were always about the PIC’s political witch hunt and never about  truth or justice.”


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  1. Jeanine Pirro is embedded in high society, and Lew Leone the General Manager of Fox 5 Network who lives in Westchester County, continues to help Pirro keep her head above the water while her flat ratings plummet, show after show, and network after network. She’s too fake and the viewing audience knows it. She is really a very ugly person inside her heart and soul, and I got to see the real Hitler that she is. I don’t think this villain Jeanine Pirro will get away with what she did to innocent citizens in Westchester County.

    Jeanine Pirro also gets to be on the front-page of The Westchester News.Com. Please don’t forget that she is still under investigation for Political Corruption. Let it not be a surprise, when the day comes that she is indicted on Public Corruption Charges.

    Mount Vernon, New York was my hometown, and I loved living there, until something very bad happened to me in 1991. The Mount Vernon Police were corrupt and on the take at a gas station and they sent some guys into the gas station to muscle the new owners across the street from Quick Stop Deli, I lived across the street, and I came to the rescue of the owners, and the Mount Vernon Police beat me up and put false charges on me, and my life changed as I knew it on that very day. Mario Cuomo was still the Governor of New York, he did nothing about it. Jeanine Pirro just became the Westchester County District Attorney, she covered up the police brutality and false arrest by putting more false charges on me, she tried to discredit my good character, and she tried to pollute the jury against me to cover up for a corrupt police department located in Mount Vernon, New York. Jeanine Pirro is responsible for putting me through the darkest moments in my life, but, I overcame the conspiracy and I have grown to become one of the most powerful news media’s in Westchester County, New York.

    Today, I am the Publisher of The Westchester News, I take down the most corrupt politicians in Westchester County, New York. Corrupt Politics have created this burning desire and passion inside my soul and it will never quench my thirst, not ever, I guess that’s why my website is award winning.

    I will finish my book “I’m Still Standing” The Barbara Ricci Story It will be on the book store shelves before the end of next year 2011.

    I want people to look into my eyes and take a long hard look at my face because this is the face of innocent. This is the face of a victim of police brutality and false arrest. This is the face of someone who had to endure years and years of conspiracy against her and her family. This is the face that is still standing after all was said and done.

    My Cobble Stone Road
    Exposing corrupt politics, it’s my forte’ it’s my passion! “Someone on the top of the mountain threw stones at me, and broke every bone in my body including my heart. And, I recovered and had to learn how to walk through life all over again, and I decided to use these stones to rebuild my life that I will call my cobble stone road.”

    “I Dedicate My Life To This Cause, Justice For All.”

    The Westchester News.Com

  2. I definitely look forward to reading your book.

    Exposing corrupt politics, it’s my forte’ it’s my passion!