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 REPORT OF INVESTIGATIONINTO THE RESPONSE BY THENEW YORK STATE POLICE ANDOTHERS TO A DOMESTIC INCIDENTINVOLVING DAVID W. JOHNSON,AN AIDE TO THE GOVERNOR
JUDITH S. KAYEINDEPENDENT COUNSELTO THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERALOF THE STATE OF NEW YORKJuly 28, 2010
 
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION
.............................................................................................................1
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
..............................................................................................2
LEGAL AUTHORITY
.....................................................................................................3
FACTUAL FINDINGS
.....................................................................................................6
 I.
 
OCTOBER
 
31,
 
2009
 
DOMESTIC
 
INCIDENT
........................................................6
 
A. Booker’s Report of a Domestic Incident to the NYPD on theEvening of October 31, 2009..................................................................................6
 
B. Call from Major Charles Day of the State Police to Booker...................................7
 
C. The NYPD’s Delayed Response..............................................................................9
 
D. Johnson’s Request that Deneane Brown Go to Booker’s Apartmenton October 31........................................................................................................11
 
E. Harris’s Contact with Brown After Speaking with Johnson.................................12
 
F. Governor Paterson’s Conversation with Harris on October 31.............................13
 
II.
 
BOOKER’S
 
PURSUIT
 
OF
 
AN
 
ORDER
 
OF
 
PROTECTION
.............................14
 
A. Bronx County Family Court..................................................................................14
 
B. NYPD Domestic Violence Officers’ Home Visits................................................17
 
III.
 
FURTHER
 
STATE
 
POLICE
 
INVOLVEMENT
................................................17
 
A. Day’s Efforts to Determine Whether Johnson was Subject to Arrestor Service of Process.............................................................................................17
 
B. Superintendent Corbitt Informs Secretary Denise O’Donnell...............................20
 
C. Johnson’s Attempt to Obtain a Pistol Permit Through the State Police................22
 
D. Day’s Testimony in this Investigation...................................................................22
 
E. Resignations of Corbitt and Perez.........................................................................23
 
IV.
 
EXECUTIVE
 
CHAMBER
 
INVOLVEMENT
 
AFTER
 
THE
 
INCIDENT
........24
 
A. Harris’s Efforts Through Brown to Dissuade Booker fromProceeding Against Johnson.................................................................................24
 
B. Johnson Speaks to Governor Paterson on November 1, 2009...............................25
 
C. Brown Meets with Governor Paterson in January 2010........................................26D. Escalating Rumors of Personal Scandal................................................................27
 
E. Governor Paterson’s Conversation with Booker on February 7, 2010..................30
 
F. Governor Paterson’s February 9, 2010 Interview with a Times Reporter.............32
 
G. Governor Paterson Seeks a Press Statement from Booker....................................33
 
H. Resignations of Kauffmann and Shorenstein........................................................39
 
I. Governor Paterson’s Communications with Booker After Referringthe Matter to the OAG............................................................................................39
 
 
ii
ANALYSIS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS
................................43
 I.
 
SHERR-UNA
 
BOOKER
..........................................................................................43
 II.
 
ANALYSIS
 
OF
 
CRIMINAL
 
LAWS
.....................................................................43
 
A. Governor Paterson.................................................................................................45
 
1. February 7, 2010 Contact..................................................................................45
 
2. February 24, 2010 Contact................................................................................47
 
B. Clemmie Harris and Deneane Brown....................................................................48
 
C. Major Charles Day.................................................................................................49
 
III.
 
EXECUTIVE
 
CHAMBER
 
AND
 
STATE
 
POLICE
 
INVOLVEMENT
............49
 
A. Relationship Between Executive Chamber and the State Police..........................49
 
B. Governor Paterson.................................................................................................51
 
C. Clemmie Harris......................................................................................................52
 
D. Record-Keeping Issues..........................................................................................52
 
IV.
 
NYPD
 
INVOLVEMENT
......................................................................................53
 V.
 
BOOKER’S
 
DIFFICULTY
 
SERVING
 
THE
 
ORDER
 
OF
 
PROTECTION
.....53
 VI.
 
COOPERATION
...................................................................................................53
 

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