Spitzer Scandal Recalls that of Sol Wachtler

March 11, 2008 03:28 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Observers are comparing New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s troubles with the arrest of former New York Chief Judge Sol Wachtler 15 years ago.

30-Second Summary

Sol Wachtler, a widely respected judge and potential gubernatorial candidate, was arrested by a caravan of FBI agents on the Long Island Expressway in November 1992.

He was charged three months later with one count of extortion, three counts of mailing threatening letters and one count of making false statements.

After Joy Silverman, Wachtler's lover, ended their relationship, Wachtler anonymously stalked and threatened her and her new boyfriend. He also threatened to kidnap Silverman's 14-year-old daughter. 

Wachtler hoped that Silverman, who had been dependent on Wachtler during their relationship, would return to him for protection. Instead, Silverman, who had some political influence herself, contacted the director of the FBI. A short trail led directly to the widely revered chief judge.

Headline Links: ‘Prostitution Report Weakens Spitzer’

Historical Context: Sol Wachtler


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