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Gov. aide suspended; new state cop mess

Now David W. Johnson, one of the aides to Gov. David A. Paterson who was the subject of a skeptical profile by the New York Times (how unfair, Paterson and his temporary ally Rick Lazio caterwauled), has been suspended pending an investigation of his role in a court case involving his companion's order of protection. The latest detailed Times report is here.  The transcript of the woman's testimony is here.

Key to the story are the questions it raises: Why did the governor, aware the paper was looking into the matter, call the woman who was engaged in a court process involving Johnson? What was the root of her allegation that state police kept intervening in what was not a state-police matter? And, what will be the outcome of Paterson now asking for his potential rival AG Andrew Cuomo -- whom he's subtly hinted was responsible for those terrible, unfair "rumors" -- to investigate this matter?


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