Oh Dear Eliot

Oh Dear:

An affidavit presented to the court said that a wiretap recording captured a man identified as Client 9 confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington.

During several phone calls with an Emperors Club booker, Client 9 negotiated the arrival of his "package" — a pretty petite brunette.

The prostitute later rang the Emperors Club to say she had been paid $4,300, after spending around two and a half hours with him. Sources said investigators believe that Mr Spitzer was Client 9.

His statement was widely seen as a pre-emptive strike before the full details of the allegations were made public.

Federal prosecutors rarely charge clients in prostitution cases, which are generally seen as state crimes.

However, the Mann Act, passed by Congress in 1910, makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution.

As attorney general, Mr Spitzer prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state\’s organised crime task force.

In one such case in 2004, he spoke of his revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating an upmarket prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

It\’s not the shagging of the tart that\’s the problem as far as I\’m concerned, it\’s the hypocrisy of prosecuting the behaviour in public that you indulge in in private. Still, couldn\’t happen to a nicer man, his antics as a prosecutor were appalling.

That\’s the end of his political career, thank God.


9 thoughts on “Oh Dear Eliot”

  1. Ah, but what’s interesting and not mentioned in that article, is that the investigation into the prostitution ring was triggered by his bank, which reported ‘suspicious financial activity’ in his account to the IRS which, under direction from the Justice Department, brought in the FBI’s Public Corruption Squad. It was thought he was hiding bribes, and only months later after the wiretaps etc. was it discovered they were payments to a company called QAT, operating under the name of the Emperors Club.

    Nice to know US banks are so public spirited, isn’t it?

  2. Or, in the more general case, see virtually every politician (or journalist) ever to denounce virtually anything.

  3. “That’s the end of his political career, thank God.”

    Ummmm…………well, maybe. Interesting that there was no hint of resignation in his “statement of regret” or whatever it was.

  4. Eva-
    “Nice to know US banks are so public spirited, isn’t it?”

    Not a matter of spirit-US Banks are required to notify the Feds of such activity.

  5. From what I understand he’s unlikely to be charged with anything relating to the prostitution itself, but he’s (very stupidly) allowed himself to break various money laundering and tax laws.

    He’s FUCKED (yes in more ways than one!)

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    I have no problems with the hypocrisy. I would like to be a better person. God knows I am not. I don’t think there is anything wrong with saying that we all ought to be better people and encouraging everyone to work at it. I would like to think I would never pay a prostitute for her services (and I really don’t get what “needs” he could have had that were worth over $4000) but if I hade a compulsion that could not be met any other way, well, would the world really be a better place if I tried to pursuade people that paying prostitutes is a normal thing?

    The problem here is that Spitzer broke the law. And knowlingly broke the law. Several of them. That is a crime – even if we think it ought not be a crime. For that he must go.

  7. I don’t think there is anything wrong with saying that we all ought to be better people and encouraging everyone to work at it.

    Aggressively prosecuting people for doing things you do in your private life is a bit more then ‘oh I should try harder to be as good as I ask others to be’.

    Hoisted by his own petard – good riddance.

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