Top lawyer steps down over abuse allegations

Top lawyer steps down over abuse allegations

In a report published by the New Yorker on Monday, two women who were romantically involved with Schneiderman at separate times between 2013 and 2017, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, accused him of slapping them across the ear and face and choking them without their consent.

Within hours, the 63-year-old Democrat announced he was resigning. "I therefore resign my office".

In the short term, though, the attorney general's office will be in fine hands, Cuomo said.

"I would hope that the new acting attorney general really recommits and redoubles the office's efforts to address these allegations against Weinstein and others", she said. "Our office has never been stronger, and this extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and tireless team of public servants will ensure that our work continues without interruption".

Among them was Eric Schneiderman, whose precipitous fall from his perch as the attorney general for the state of ny now seems to cast into doubt the very future of the legal #resistance to Trump he and other high-profile states attorney general were happy to lead. "I have not assaulted anyone", Schneiderman said. "I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross", he wrote in a statement to the New Yorker.

The continuing investigation demonstrates that the movement is "bigger than any one person" and "an important reminder that no one is beyond reproach by virtue of what they say in public", Emily Martin, the general counsel at the National Women's Law Center, told HuffPost, saying that she was not concerned that Schneiderman's abuse allegations would mar the credibility of the investigation.

- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was riding high on his reputation of being tough on crimes against women until a New Yorker magazine article detailed disturbing physical violence and psychological abuse against four former romantic partners. The New York Times, the Washington Post and the New York Law Journal have coverage. Earlier, she served as counsel and as chief assistant to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of NY.

Schneiderman has focused on women's issues as attorney general and in the state legislature. Considering how many women Schneiderman is accused of abusing, "look out" may have been some very timely advice.

He said he and other attorney generals would continue to focus on the behavior of Trump's officials, especially environmental policies enacted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. "He is not just a bully, he is a monster".

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Few were more surprised to see the developments than Dennis Vacco, who served as the state Attorney General from 1994 to 1999.

But the "rough sex defense" gained notoriety under that name after being used in a high-profile trial in NY in the 1980s.

Soon after the allegations surfaced, Mr Schneiderman came under pressure from fellow Democrats in NY to resign. The New York City native, in office since 2011, had planned to run for re-election in November. They also say he tore down their self-esteem with the attacks, as well as with verbal abuse.

Spitalnick added on Twitter that Barbara Underwood, now the state's top appellate lawyer, will fill in for Schneiderman as acting attorney general.

"It's so devastating on so many levels because he did great things in office, as a state senator, as attorney general", said Linda Rosenthal, a Democratic assemblywoman from the Upper West Side, who has known Schneiderman since before his political career began.

Before his resignation announcement, Schneiderman released a statement that said: "In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity".

Heastie said the law states that when a vacancy happens during the legislative session, "the Legislature shall act".

Among the names being bandied about as a possible successor are state Sen.

"I think violence is relatively rare", he said.

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