Corruption

Eliot Spitzer on the Ethics of Certain Financial Transactions

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Disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will be speaking today at Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics on the topic of "What Should Be the Rationale for Government Participation in the Market?" And as Gothamist reports, one of Spitzer's most prominent former business associates is none too happy with the news:

But given Spitzer's past, from Troopergate to Hookergate, one person is very upset—a madam who had Spitzer as a client. In a letter to Professor Lawrence Lessig, Kristin Davis wrote, "For nearly 5 years, I supplied Mr. Spitzer with high priced escorts while he was both Attorney General and Governor. For this crime, I served four months on Rikers Island, had all of my assets confiscated and am now considered a sex offender on 5 years probation. Mr. Spitzer broke both state and federal laws and walked away free."

She also adds, "I am greatly intrigued as to what Mr. Spitzer could contribute to an ethical discussion when as Chief Executive Law Enforcement Officer of NY he broke numerous laws for which he has yet to be punished. As Attorney General he went around arresting and making examples out of the same escort agencies he was frequenting."

Read the rest here. Reason on Spitzer's life and crimes here.