Rough Justice

Rough Justice

The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Book - 2010
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Publisher: New York : Portfolio, 2010
ISBN: 9781591843078
Branch Call Number: B Spitzer Elkind
Characteristics: xiv, 304 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Jun 30, 2013

Too sympathetic to Spitzer, who prosecuted those who frequented prostitutes and escort services, while Spitzer himself did the same! Spitzer filed a "friend of the court" (amicus curaie) on behalf of that fellow who had leased or owned the Twin Towers while an attorney general, a clear conflict of interest. Spitzer seems to possess the hubris of those born to wealth, thinking he was above it all and could never get caught; the typical attitude of the super-rich! Is he really a democrat, or did he simply assume that facade?

Jun 30, 2013

Although this book gives a comprehensive portrait of Spitzer's professional career (which was mostly good), it really doesn't explain why he did what he did to cause his own downfall. He was being talked about as a possible future president and yet he regularly paid thousands of dollars for a couple hours with call girls, even when he was governor of New York. Did he not think they might recognize him? ! He didn't use his real name (he couldn't even make up a name - he cavalierly used a friend's name) but he used his real address. The author doesn't present any insight into the relationship Spitzer had with his wife and the only explanation offered is that he may be a sex addict. Allegedly he spent $100,000 on prostitutes over a few years.


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