A court last week ordered New York’s current A.G., Eric Schneiderman, to find and disclose email files Spitzer created using a private account while working as a state employee. Such files, if they exist, are covered by the state’s freedom of information law, the court held.
The files are sought by a defendant, Howard Smith of AIG, in a civil prosecution Spitzer launched 7 years ago while A.G. The emails, which Spitzer says do not exist, are rumored to contain characteristic loose talk that could prove embarrassing to Spitzer and compromise cases he brought. As I am researching and writing about AIG, my work would benefit greatly from seeing any such emails.
Spitzer is not likely to cooperate. He blasted Schneiderman this week over his handling of the matter. He also took pot shots at Smith, as well as Hank Greenberg, former head of AIG, that appear libelous, in much the way Spitzer last year drew a defamation lawsuit for comments about other people he targeted as A.G.