Albany Sex Scandal Puts Ethics Commission In Harsh Spotlight

Law360, New York (September 11, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT) -- The sexual harassment scandal that has swept up New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez and other state officials has unleashed intense pressure on the state's fledgling public ethics watchdog, with critics saying it has already bungled its mission to investigate legal violations by elected officials.

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly prodded the state's reportedly wavering Joint Commission on Public Ethics to fully investigate the use of public dollars to quietly settle harassment claims by two women against Lopez, many critics called for the commission to be scrapped and...
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