From Fox News–
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is expected to submit his resignation to the New York General Assembly Monday night after allegations surfaced earlier in the day that he is “Client 9,” named in a federal prostitution case.
Four arrests were made last week in connection to the alleged high-dollar ring, known as the Emperors Club VIP. According to a law enforcement official, Spitzer was named in court papers as a client after being taped arranging a meeting with one of the prostitutes.
The New York Times reports that the governor’s travel records show he was in Washington in mid-February. It also says one of the ring’s clients arranged to meet with a prostitute during that time.
Why would employing a prostitute require Spitzer’s resignation? The New York Times gives us that angle.
An affidavit in the federal investigation into a prostitution ring said that a wiretap recording captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.
Federal prosecutors rarely charge clients in prostitution cases, which are generally seen as state crimes. But the Mann Act, passed by Congress in 1910 to address prostitution, human trafficking and what was viewed at the time as immorality in general, makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution. The four defendants charged in the case unsealed last week were all charged with that crime, along with several others.
Ah the Mann Act. As a former Attorney General, Spitzer should be aware of this law. Of course, he probably didn’t feel it applied to him. Not the first or the last elected official to think they are above the law. The stupidity of Spitzer’s actions is just incredible.
James Joyner at OTB has a rather good and lengthy post on this developing story. At the bottom of the post, James reports-
A well placed source tells me that Spitzer will announce his resignation at 7 Eastern this evening.
If Spitzer resigns, Lt. Governor David A. Paterson, becomes governor. He is both African-American and legally blind.