A criminal summons charging former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with forcible touching was erroneously issued by Albany City Court on Thursday after a sheriff’s investigator shared paperwork with the court summarizing their investigation.
The summons was issued without the consent of the alleged victim, Brittany Commisso, or her attorney, Brian D. Premo, according to sources familiar with the matter.
A sheriff’s investigator who had been a lead investigator in the case, in which the governor was accused of groping a female aide at the Executive Mansion last year, had met with a City Court official on Thursday to receive “guidance” if the department were to file a complaint. It’s unclear what happened after that, but a person briefed on the matter and not authorized to comment publicly said that someone in City Court issued the summons.
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