Thursday, September 30, 2010

Calling out Anderson Cooper, Andrew Cuomo, Eliot Spitzer and CNN

Keeping Anderson Cooper, Eliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo and CNN Honest.  On September 28th and 29th 2010, Anderson Cooper in his Keeping Them Honest segment covered the story of Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox’s failure to discipline and/or terminate Andrew Shirvell, Asst. Attorney General of Michigan for “bullying” and harassing Chris Armstrong who is gay and the President of University of Michigan.

I am going to hold CNN and Anderson Cooper to the same standard. Why isn’t Anderson Cooper or CNN Eliot Spitzer current employer demanding that Cuomo investigate, discipline and/or terminated Russo for his actions that have left me broken emotionally and financially? Why did CNN hire Spitzer although my factual allegations which I have posted numerous times on CNN I-Report site could be easily investigated and substantiated?

Under Eliot Spitzer supervision Mike Russo, Asst NYS Attorney General filed several perjured declarations that denied this writer an African-American woman her right to have a jury trial during my Title VII employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. (97-cv-818(E). Why hasn’t CNN or Cooper featured my story that includes the fact that Eliot Spitzer in his role of New York Attorney General employed Mike Russo who is currently Acting Attorney General in charge of the Regional Office? Why is Mike Russo still employed by Andrew Cuomo?

On May 28, 2005, an Erie County, New York Assistant District Attorney reviewed my documentation of multiple perjury allegations against New York Attorney General's Office and various New York employees. After his reviewed he informed me that I should contact the New York State Attorney General Office because my allegations of perjury were supported by the documents that I submitted to his office. I informed him that New York State Attorney General’s Office including Eliot Spitzer was aware of my case and the factual perjury allegations.

The Asst DA told me that I should contact the United States Justice Department. I contacted the United States Justice Department and at their telephone request e-mailed extensive documentation on May 29, 30, and 31, 2005. In July 2005 Jane Wolfe and Allison Gioia both US Justice Department attorneys, reviewed my perjury allegations and direct evidence supporting the allegations and agreed with the Erie County Asst DA.

The United States Justice Department attorneys informed me that they were referring my case to the FBI for an investigation. I telephoned the FBI and was told that they could not confirm or deny the fact that my allegations were being investigated because of confidentiality rules. The FBI and United States Justice Department did not charge anyone with perjury in my case.

Could the answer be that Spitzer, Cuomo, the United States Justice Department, and CNN have a double standard because I am African-American?

Vera Richardson

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