The district attorney in Albany claimed the sexual harassment charge leveled against disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be “potentially defective” because it lacks a sworn statement from the victim in the case, Brittany Commisso.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares requested — and received — a two month delay in Cuomo’s arraignment a bombshell letter sent Thursday to Judge Holly Trexler, who is overseeing the case, which has pushed the next court date to Jan. 7.
“My office has been investigating this matter for several months,” Soares wrote, referring to the allegations that Cuomo groped Commisso in 2020 at the Governor’s mansion. “We were in the middle of that investigation when the Sheriff unilaterally and inexplicably filed a complaint with this Court.”
“Unfortunately the filings in this matter are potentially defective in that the police-officer-complainant failed to include a sworn statement by the victim such that the People could proceed with a prosecution on these papers,” Soares added.
“At the request of the parties, the Court has granted an adjournment until January 7, 2022 in this matter,” said a spokesman for Soares, in a statement.