Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo by his lawyer Saturday requested the Albany County sheriff to “protect all information” associated to the investigation that led to Cuomo’s misdemeanor cost of forcible touching.
A metropolis courtroom in Albany, the state capital, this week issued a summons charging Cuomo after a prison criticism was filed by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
Cuomo has claimed that the cost that he groped Brittany Commisso, a former staffer, on the governor’s mansion final 12 months was based mostly on flimsy proof and was politically motivated.
“We count on you to protect every part regarding your investigation and have set forth beneath a non-exhaustive listing of particular classes for which we request preservation,” Cuomo lawyer Rita Glavin wrote, in line with the Albany Instances-Union. “First, we request that you just protect all information regarding your and your workplace’s communications with Brittany Commisso and her lawyer, together with however not restricted to cellphone information, textual content messages, electronic mail and every other digital communications, notes, memoranda, recordings, and calendar entries.”
A preservation request is a regular authorized transfer. Felony defendants are entitled to a broad scope of proof and different materials associated to an investigation, which is often turned over earlier than trial.
Cuomo spokesman Wealthy Azzopardi referred to as the sheriff’s prices an “abuse of energy.”
“In an try to deflect from his weird and unprofessional rouge investigation… Albany Sheriff Craig Apple claimed there was an ‘overwhelming quantity of proof’ gathered on this case …What did happen was a transparent abuse of energy by the Sheriff and we plan to resolve it,” he stated, the Times-Union reported.
At a information convention Friday, Apple stated he was assured within the power of the case and insisted politics performed no function. He additionally referred to as the governor’s operatives “bullies.”
Cuomo resigned in August after an investigation by New York Legal professional Common Letitia James discovered he had sexually harassed 11 ladies, together with Commisso.
The Related Press contributed to this report.