Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D) arraignment has been delayed after the sheriff in the case filed the criminal complaint against procedure, and without informing the district attorney’s office, the Washington Examiner reports.
New York District Attorney David Soares slammed Sheriff Craig Apple for “uniformly and inexplicably” filing the complaint against Cuomo on Oct. 28 without obtaining consent from the alleged victim, and without informing the DA’s office.
Now, the arraignment, which was expected to come on Nov. 17, will be postponed until Jan. 7 to give Soares’ office more time to investigate.
“In order to reduce the risk of a procedural dismissal of this case, and with the understanding that the defendant is in agreement, the People are asking for an adjournment…to give my office time to continue with our independent and unbiased review of the facts in this case,” Soares wrote.
Apple said during a press conference last month that he “would have liked to” inform both Soares and Cuomo attorney Rita Glavin before the complaint was filed but added that “things change,” and it doesn’t “always work out as planned.”
He gave no further explanation of what had changed to make him file the complaint sooner, and without informing the parties involved.
Cuomo’s legal team seized on the apparent discrepancy to claim that Apple was acting politically in charging Cuomo at all, adding that they believe that the entire process was flawed.
“‘Accidentally’ filing a criminal charge without notification and consent of the prosecuting body doesn’t pass the laugh test, and this reeks of Albany politics and perhaps worse,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said.
He also accused Apple of being in league with Attorney General Letitia James (D), who he claimed only went after Cuomo because she wanted to make a gubernatorial run.
“The fact that the AG — as predicted — is about to announce a run for governor is lost on no one. The truth about what happened with this cowboy sheriff will come out,” Azzopardi said.
Glavin has now requested that records of Apple’s investigation be preserved in the hopes of finding something inappropriate she can use in Cuomo’s defense, and she claimed that Apple conducted a “rogue” investigation.
James and Cuomo have verbally sparred since she filed a report in early August containing findings that Cuomo harassed 11 women while in office. After Cuomo claimed his ouster was just “politics,” James said that he wasn’t taking “responsibility for his own conduct” by making those claims.