The DA says he’s got his own investigation going…
But things are going sideways on this….
.They may not have someone pressing the charges…
On a case like this?
Cop’s call the DA’s office BEFORE going ahead….
The DA, Craig Apple, is NOT happy with the turn of events , which now has law enforcement on the defense…
Not the former Governor…..
The sex-crime case against former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was thrown into doubt on Friday after the Albany County, N.Y., district attorney delivered an extraordinary public denunciation of the local sheriff, saying the criminal complaint the sheriff filed last week was “potentially defective.”
In a letter to an Albany, N.Y., judge on Thursday, the district attorney, David Soares, took issue with the Albany County sheriff, Craig Apple, for “unilaterally and inexplicably” filing the complaintwithout the knowledge of Mr. Soares, whose own investigation was still active.
The letter underscored how the sheriff’s surprise decision to charge the former governor without coordinating with Mr. Soares could ultimately threaten the case against Mr. Cuomo. Such coordination is typical in long-term, high-profile law enforcement investigations.
In his letter, Mr. Soares noted several possible problems with the sheriff’s filing. He said it was “potentially defective” because it did not include a sworn statement from the alleged victim, Brittany Commisso, that would allow a prosecution to proceed.
Mr. Soares also wrote that it was “even more troubling” that the complaint excluded portions of testimony that Ms. Commisso had previously provided to investigators with the state attorney general’s office. He also asserted that one section of the complaint misstated the relevant law….
The sheriff’s abrupt move to charge Mr. Cuomo with a sex crime caught Ms. Commisso, Mr. Cuomo and even Mr. Soares off guard. Mr. Soares had not previously indicated whether his office intended to prosecute the case.
Sheriff Apple, under immense pressure, defended his office’s decision to move ahead last week by insisting that his investigators had conducted their own inquiry and that it was not necessary for his office to coordinate with the district attorney on a misdemeanor charge.
Experts, however, said it was highly unusual for a sheriff’s office or police department to pursue a charge without consulting with the prosecutor who would be responsible for prosecuting the case….