Well, they shouldn’t have to look very far…
Via the New York Post:
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s law firm wants to represent victims of sexual abuse whose claims were covered up by power brokers — which is exactly what Silver did for his disgraced pal Vito Lopez, critics charge.
Powerhouse law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, which has long employed Silver as a special “of counsel” adviser, recently launched an aggressive ad campaign soliciting sex-abuse victims.
“A frightening rise of sexual-assault cases is plaguing America,” the firm says on its Web site, citing published articles.
“Victims of sexual assault often must endure horrendous intimidation and embarrassment. Many are wrongly made to feel that they should remain silent about what happened to them.
“This social stigma inflicts even more suffering and pain on the victims, and in worst cases, lets the criminals off the hook.”
It went on to say that on some college campuses, “victims and suspects sign a nondisclosure agreement about the outcome of investigations” and that in US military academies, there is a “culture of silence” around sexual harassment.
That same culture of silence is one which has actively been perpetuated by the Assmbly power broker, Silver himself, having recently paid off two victims of harassment at the hands of Lopez, using over $100,000 in taxpayer money.
Two of the accusers in the first Lopez case also had to sign non-disclosure agreements to keep silent. That silence led to two more victims of abuse later on down the line.
Silver has a history of covering up sexual harassment cases using taxpayer funds, and Lopez was just his most recent project. In addition to the harassment charges, multiple witnesses stated that Lopez even leered at a 14-year-old female intern, commenting on her “sexy attire”, and saying she should be emulated by the other ladies in his office. The incident led to one woman’s mother calling 911, after which police filed a child abuse report.
Despite the scandals, no Democrat, especially Governor Cuomo, seems willing to call out the Speaker and ask for his resignation.
The hypocrisy involved in a law firm that employs Silver as an adviser, soliciting victims of a crime that perfectly describes the Speaker’s actions over the past several years, is stunning.
But hey, this is New York. What can you expect?