Court Rules in Favor of Andrew Cuomo Book Deal

Court Rules in Favor of Andrew Cuomo Book Deal

Andrew Cuomo WINS – A Surprising Court Decision!

(ConservativeHub.com) – Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) came under fire due to his 2020 book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) determined the governor used government workers to help him write his novel and issued a ruling he must turn over all proceeds. Yet, on August 16, New York Supreme Court Judge Denise Hartman decided JCOPE didn’t allow for due process and voided its demand.

JCOPE previously decided that Cuomo had to turn over all $5.1 million he earned from the sale of his memoir, which spoke about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group considered evidence showing top aides and others within his administration worked on developing the publication, and the governor used other taxpayer-funded resources in the process, breaking ethics rules. Judge Hartman explained JCOPE had the right to impose punishments only for violations of state law, not ethics rules.

While the former governor denied the accusations, the judge didn’t base her decision on the validity of the allegations, leaving the door open for other potential lawsuits. New York Attorney General Letitia James and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are investigating the claims of Cuomo’s misuse of resources in crafting his book. Additionally, the state disassembled JCOPE and replaced it with the Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government. The new committee could launch its own inquiry into the matter.

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