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Eliot Spitzer and wife: Why Americans have punished Spitzer but

rewarded the prostitute he broke his legal vows with, is just as

puzzling to Europeans as Monica Lewinski was during the 1990s.

 

 

Financial Times Deutschland, Germany

The Spitzer Affair: A

Thriller Without a Crime

 

"From a Central European perspective, the Spitzer Affair has a rather outlandish aspect to it … according to the standards applicable in this country [Germany], he wouldn't have committed a crime."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Ulf Behncke

 

March 12, 2009

 

Germany - Financial Times Deutschland - Original Article (German)

Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. But Eliot Spitzer made so many bitter enemies during the course of his career that now, some even refuse to call the Governor of New York State a hypocrite: To them, Spitzer never even pretended to respect virtue.

 

Spitzer, who in his previous post as Attorney General was the terror of Wall Street and many major American corporations, simply imagined himself above the law.

 

What Spitzer was actually thinking, nobody knows. What's clear is that this classic drama of a smug Mister Goody-Two-Shoes whose meetings with high-class hookers proved to be his undoing, will provide ample material for psychologists and future scriptwriters alike.

 

Since Spitzer violated the very laws that as Governor and former Attorney General he was ultimately responsible for upholding, he is left no way out other than resignation. 

Posted by WORLDMEETS.US

 

From a Central European perspective, the Spitzer Affair has a rather outlandish aspect to it. New York’s once dreaded “Mister Clean” is facing ruin because in most U.S. states, prostitution and visiting a prostitute is not just a matter of moral misconduct - it's an indictable offense. And since Spitzer met a woman from New York in Washington D.C., he may even have violated a nearly 100-year-old federal law against human trafficking [The Mann Act ]. Which is why Spitzer was caught in an FBI wiretap.

 

No matter what you think of Spitzer’s work on Wall Street or the personal morality he upholds - according to the standards applicable in this country [Germany], he wouldn't have committed a crime.

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US March 12, 10:40am]