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Andrew Cuomo sex-crime charge may be ‘defective,’ District Attorney says

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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo could have his sex crime charge tossed out after the Albany County district attorney called the complaint ‘potentially defective.’

District Attorney David Soares said that Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple filed the complaint “unilaterally and inexplicably” while his investigation was still ongoing.

Soares added that the complaint did not include a sworn statement by the alleged victim, former aide Brittany Commisso, that would allow them to prosecute the deposed governor. 

Judge Holly Trexler of Albany City Court agreed to Soares’ request to postpone Cuomo’s arraignment until January 7, giving the district attorney 60 days “to reduce the risk of a procedural dismissal of this case” and give Soares “time to continue with our independent and unbiased review of the facts.”

Cuomo has been charged with forcible touching, two months after being pushed out of office by New York AG Letitia James.  James announced a campaign for governor on October 29, which led some Cuomo supporters to call the investigation phony and politically motivated.

Cuomo’s representatives issued a statement saying that “Sheriff Apple and Tish James have epitomized the worst combination of politics, incompetence and abuse of the law.”

“Despite Apple’s claim that there is ‘overwhelming evidence’, he has offered zero evidence corroborating the claim. Likewise the James report did not offer any corroborating evidence of the claim,” the Cuomo statement added.

James on Monday responded saying: “This is nothing more than an attempt by the former governor to undermine and politicize this report.” She added, “I believe the women. They obviously told their truth. And we are going to stand by our report,” according to NY1.

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