Schneiderman’s Collapse

The Story

The sudden resignation of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Monday night, after reports emerged that he had violently assaulted several women whom he had dated over the years, stunned New York. Schneiderman was a hero to the progressive left, and his term as chief prosecutor was marked by an amplification of his predecessors’ aggressive tactics. In a state where prosecutorial overreach is considered the best way to achieve social ends, Schneiderman managed to set a dubious new standard. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Inside: Schneiderman used the state’s Martin Act as a tool to attack legitimate businesses and radically expanded the concept of insider trading to meet his own arbitrary definitions. Read more.

  2. Carbon: Schneiderman led a foundering lawsuit against ExxonMobil, claiming fraud in the marketing of oil. Read more.

  3. Louche: Schneiderman’s louche ethics were widely reported for years but overlooked because he was considered a rising liberal star. Read more.

“New York’s progressives scored a breakthrough by electing as the state’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who had no prosecutorial experience but. . . had ‘spent his career building an ideological infrastructure for the left.’”

Walter Olson, Cato Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

A Pension in Every Pot By John P. Avlon (October 29, 2010)

“Already strong in New York, the Working Families Party looks to go national.”

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