Paterson's lawyer shoots back in Yankees probe

March 16, 2010 4:52:44 PM PDT
Gov. David Paterson's lawyer says e-mails blow holes in a state ethics board's probe that accuses the Democrat of violating a gift ban by seeking and obtaining World Series tickets last year from the Yankees. Attorney Theodore V. Wells Jr. is dismissing the accusations by the state Public Integrity Commission as "half-baked." He says e-mails unseen or ignored by the commission's investigators show staffers discussing the tickets and an offer by the Yankees for playoff tickets. Paterson reportedly declined those tickets, but told the Yankees he'll take them when they inevitably reach the World Series.

The commission responded Tuesday that Wells' letter doesn't contest findings of reasonable cause that Paterson violated the gift ban.

The letter was first reported by The Daily News.