Top NY Officials Rapped For Secret Lopez Sleaze Settlement

Law360, New York (May 15, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT) -- Disgraced Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez has avoided criminal charges for subjecting staffers to sexual harassment, but a Staten Island prosecutor criticized a top legislative leader — and the state attorney general's office — on Wednesday for bottling up the matter and approving a secret settlement.

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, who took up a criminal investigation in September, reported that while the influential Democrat's revolting conduct did not rise to the level of a crime, there were troubling questions about how a confidential, $103,000 deal...
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