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Spitzer / Sex Scandal / The Law / A Discussion #887826

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Mar 13, 2008
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[New York Lt. Gov. David PATERSON†- calls this a sad day for New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his family.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The question of whether Spitzer will go to prison introduced; statement from US attorney Michael Garcia that there is no agreement with Spitzer quoted.

(Studio: Erica Hill) The legal issues involving Spitzer, prostitution, the movement of money to pay for the sex, the money laundering aspect and whether any state funds were involved examined. ["In Session" anchor Jami FLOYD†- cites the Mann Act; explains the money laundering concern; notes the possibility of "conspiracy."]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and "In Session" anchor Lisa Bloom about Spitzer, the law and prosecutorial discretion. [TOOBIN - says the financial stuff is more perilous for Spitzer; cites the New York law of moral turpitude; doubts Spitzer is being unfairly targeted.] [BLOOM - says maybe "Kristen" can be flipped for bigger fish; mentions Spitzer's support of a tougher prostitution law.] Other material: Statement in the "Wall Street Journal" from Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz about the statutes quoted.

Cooper, Anderson;
Hill, Erica

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