Four top figures in former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's administration broke the law by enlisting or allowing the State Police to gather records designed to tarnish Spitzer's chief political foe, a state commission has ruled. Spitzer himself was not charged. While the commission said it recognizes that politicians and their staffs routinely seek to provide to the press "negative ... information about their opponents," the use of the police to do so elevated the former officials' actions into violations.
Spitzer Figures Violated Law, Says Integrity Commission
New York Law Journal
July 25, 2008