Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mike Garcia at Work

"Federal prosecutors said Thursday that they would not bring criminal charges against Eliot Spitzer for his role in a prostitution scandal. ... U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia [MG] said criminal investigators found no evidence that Spitzer or his office misused public or campaign funds for prostitution. Investigators found that Spitzer solicited high-priced call girls, but federal prosecutors typically do not prosecute clients of prostitution rings. ... Garcia said that Spitzer later revealed to investigators that on multiple occasions he arranged for women to travel for one state to another state to engage in prostitution. Federal law makes it a crime to induce someone to cross state lines for immoral purposes", my emphasis, Tom Hays at the Houston Chronicle, 7 November 2008.

Hooray, MG, I agree with your exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Now tell us why you launched this investigation in the first place? Was it to ingratiate yourself with Wall Street higher ups? Don't be bashful. We're waiting. I last commented on this waste of prosecutorial resources on 24 March 2008, http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/03/on-eliot-spitzer-and-john-ashcroft.html. "Immoral purposes", does that include the sale of CDSs? Or any "financially engineered" product"?


Anonymous said...

Interesting the hourly rates for biglaw lawyers versus high class call girls.

Garcia was probably just doing what he was told to do. Minion.

edgar said...

spitzer was the victim of his own victimless xrime propensity. u know the criminal thugs on wall street and in dc outed him. They r uber-sucky, they make the world a crappy place to live.

Independent Accountant said...

You are probably correct. One of Garcia's potential future employes told him Spitzer was becoming a nuisance. So in response, Garcia had a dozen FBI agents on "Spitzer detail" until they found something to nail him with. A dozen FBI agents who otherwise could have been looking into major league scams. Do I know this happened? No. Does it look likely to me? You bet.

With all the fraud on Wall Street for the SDNY US Attorneys office to waste time on Spitzer and his $4,300 call girl is a travesty. It would be like a county DA bragging about convicting someone for wilful refusal to pay overdue library book fines while ignoring murderers.