Resigning For All The Right Reasons

The events that are now taking place in New York State with high ranking officials like Governor David Paterson and his involvement in the domestic violence by his top senior aide David Johnson is beyond reprehensible.

This case has all the factors of a Dick Wolf’s drama “Law & Order Special Victims Unit”/ “Law & Order: SVU”.

We sit in the safety of our homes and watch the drama taking place on television and try to distance ourselves from the “reality” that is taking place all around us. 

Crimes are being committed and victims are being abused, violated, threatened within an inch of their lives and there are those who may never recover from the ordeal or another statistic of murder.  All of this leads to victimization!

We now learn that Governor Paterson called in favors from the former State Police Superintendent Harry J. Corbitt, who resigned recently.  What is most disturbing about Mr. Corbitt is the statement of why he is resigning.

In an account given to the New York Times dated March 2, 2010 in an article written by Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim and titled: “Investigators Are Told of Paterson’s Bid to Quiet Accuser”

Mr. Corbitt, in a television interview announcing his resignation on Tuesday evening, said the criticism and pressure he and his family had faced since the scandal erupted last week had made resignation his only option.

“Any individual that is criticized constantly really feels that pain,” he said. “And in most cases there is some way to fight back, but in public service there is not. I’m not an elected official; I’m a public servant. I’m a cop, a good cop.

“So to continue to face that pressure — and even pressure from my family, the media showing up in my driveway — that’s unacceptable. So for my own health, for my own sanity it’s the right thing to do.”

What exactly, did Mr. Corbitt think was going to happen when he jumped on board to distort and hide the true facts and harass and intimidate the victim?  I am sorry Mr. Corbitt but I would beg to differ on the “good cop” statement.

In this sordid tale of disgust, I would like to commend Denise E. O’ Donnell Governor Paterson’s former top criminal justice advisor who resigned her position.

In a New York Times article also written by Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim on February 25, 2010 under the title: “Paterson, Still in Race, Will Mull His Future”

Updated, 5:35 p.m. | The cabinet official who supervises the State Police has resigned in the wake of the reports of the governor’s and State Police’s intervention in the abuse case.

The official, Denise E. O’Donnell, commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, issued a statement Thursday after inquiries from The New York Times.

“The fact that the governor and members of the State Police have acknowledged direct contact with a woman who had filed for an order of protection against a senior member of the governor’s staff is a very serious matter,” she wrote. “These actions are unacceptable regardless of their intent.”

The resignation, at 2 p.m., came on a day when New York’s political establishment reeled at the news of Mr. Paterson’s involvement, with some of the beleaguered governor’s few remaining allies publicly suggesting that he should end his campaign for election.

Ms. O’Donnell, a former federal prosecutor and social worker, wrote that she found the breach “particularly distressing” in an administration “that prides itself on its record of combating domestic violence.

Denise O’DonnellAlan Zale for The New York Times Denise E. O’Donnell in 2006.

“The behavior alleged here is the antithesis of what many of us have spent our entire careers working to build,” she added, “a legal system that protects victims of domestic violence and brings offenders to justice.”

Ms. O’Donnell stood by her beliefs and I commend her for it.  We need more public officials who respect their office and serve to defend and protect the victims of violence!

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One Response

  1. This whole thing stinks to high heaven – We need to write to Cuomo and tell him NO DEALS

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