Greenberg Files Third Ethics Complaint

, New York Law Journal

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In the latest in a string of ethics complaints against the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his staff, two former officials of American International Group now allege that state attorneys violated the ethics law by failing to correct a court record.

The complaint filed Friday with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) alleges that Schneiderman, Executive Deputy Attorney General Karla Sanchez and Assistant Attorney General David Ellenhorn violated the ethics law, Judiciary Law and Code of Professional Conduct. It contends that the officials were ethically bound to advise courts that Ellenhorn had misled judges in the pending case.

Former AIG officials Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and Howard Smith, who are awaiting trial on a civil fraud action, have filed at least three complaints with JCOPE in recent months, all of them rooted in allegations that Ellenhorn, the lead prosecutor, had deceived trial and appellate courts.

In the first complaint, it was alleged that in court and in a sworn affirmation Ellenhorn wrongly asserted that Greenberg, in a recent book, had boasted of plans to take a company public.

A second complaint accused Schneiderman's communications office of denigrating the first complaint. The most recent contends that Schneiderman, Sanchez and Ellenhorn are ethically obligated to correct the record, and have failed to do so.

Damien LaVera, spokesman for Schneiderman, said the attorney general has "no comment on Mr. Greenberg's latest attempt to distract attention from the serious charges of misconduct that are at issue in the enforcement action against him."

Attorney David Grandeau of Niskayuna represents Greenberg and Smith in the JCOPE matter.

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