Former Gov. Paterson Won't Face Criminal Charges for Yankees Tickets

By Tom Liddy on May 21, 2011 10:54am 

Gov. David Paterson was reportedly cleared of wrongdoing in the Yankees ticket scandal.
Gov. David Paterson was reportedly cleared of wrongdoing in the Yankees ticket scandal.
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By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN - Former Gov. David Paterson is in the clear for allegedly lying about taking free World Series tickets from the Yankees, according to a published report.

Paterson received a letter from Albany County DA David Soares' office Wedesday saying that charges will not be pursued in the case because prosectors cannot prove that he lied, the Daily News said.

The state Public Integrity Commission had found that Paterson committed ethical violations for taking free World Series tickets from the Yankees, which were doing business with the state, and slapped him with a record $62,125 in fines.

The body then referred the case to the Albany County, saying that Paterson lied when he claimed he would pay back the cash, according to the paper.

"A criminal conviction requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the standard for which contemplates a far more exacting analysis than that required of either the PIC or the independent counsel," Soares wrote, according to the memo obtained by the News.

"We have determined such a standard cannot be met."


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