State Attorney General asked to investigate state supreme court judge
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been asked to look into allegations that state Supreme Court Judge Robert J. Chauvin engaged in unlawful or unethical conduct while serving as an assistant district attorney in the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office.
The request was made by Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Muprhy III on the behalf of Todd Kerner, who is the Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman and asked for a criminal investigation following the publication of a Times Union story about Chauvin. The Times Union story alleged that Chauvin, while serving as Halfmoon town attorney, took steps to conceal his financial interests in housing developments.
"Based upon the admissions, comments and allegations in the article with respect to the actions mentioned a criminal investigation seems appropriate," Kerner wrote to Murphy on Aug. 15.
Because Murphy and Chauvin both worked in the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office at the same time, Murphy referred the request to Schneiderman's office, citing a conflict of interest.
"I respectfully request that your office look into the allegations made by Mr. Kerner in light of my conflict and the conflict of the other prosecutors in the fourth judicial district," Murphy wrote to Schneiderman.
A copy of bother letters is available below.
Schneiderman's office confirmed receipt of Murphy's request, but declined to comment about the possibility of an investigation into Chauvin.
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