Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who was essentially forced out of office earlier this year after facing numerous sexual misconduct allegations, just caught the luckiest possible break.
According to Fox News, on Tuesday morning, the Westchester County, New York district attorney’s office made the bombshell announcement that Cuomo won’t be criminally charged in two of the sexual misconduct allegations he faces, despite the existence of “credible evidence” to support the women’s claims.
The DA announced that the reason the DA’s office can’t pursue charges is “due to the statutory requirements of the criminal laws of New York.”
— DA Mimi Rocah (@WestchesterDA) December 28, 2021
Westchester County DA Miriam Rocah released a statement explaining what had happened and why the DA’s office is taking a pass on the matter.
“Our investigation found credible evidence to conclude that the alleged conduct in both instances described above did occur,” Rocah’s statement read.
It added: However, in both instances, my Office has determined that, although the allegations and witnesses were credible, and the conduct concerning, we cannot pursue criminal charges due to the statutory requirements of the criminal laws of New York.”
It was also added later that the decision to not pursue criminal charges was a separate issue from civil charges, which are more than likely to happen eventually, and might have just been accelerated based on the news that Cuomo will escape criminal charges for those two particular cases.
Disgustingly, it’s necessary to specify which cases that Rocah’s statement referred to, as there are many. It’s also important to note that because the statement only deals with two of the cases that were connected to Westchester County, Cuomo isn’t out of the woods yet, as far as other county prosecutors are concerned.
The first Westchester County case involves a female New York state trooper who alleges that Cuomo inappropriately kissed her.
The second case involves another kissing incident, as a woman claimed that the former governor grabbed her by the arm, pulled her in and kissed her — without her permission — at a high school event.
Needless to say, Cuomo got lucky this time around, but for the multiple other pending cases, he might not be able to slither out of those, hopefully.