Letitia James’ Assistant May Face Charge of Criminal Tampering

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There could be a criminal misdemeanor charge for vandalism against an assistant to New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Third-degree criminal tampering may be brought against Assistant Attorney General Stacey Hamilton for allegedly causing damage to a neighbor’s car in November by hurling an unidentified liquid onto it.

Hamilton’s lawyer allegedly accused Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ office of “unfair treatment,” even though the case was given to an unaffiliated special prosecutor.

With its investigation into the alleged wrongdoings of former President Donald Trump, James’ office has gained national attention in recent years. This investigation culminated in a recent successful business fraud lawsuit against the ex-president, which resulted in a judgment of over $464 million.

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“However, the purported charge against Hamilton is entirely unrelated to Trump, instead involving an alleged dispute or incident between the assistant attorney general and her neighbor,” Newsweek reported.

“Hamilton, who has worked for multiple state government agencies in the Empire State, denied to The Times Union that she had been charged with any crime, purportedly telling the paper’s reporter over the phone that they ‘really need to actually do some investigating,’” the outlet added.

The Times Union cited court records that claim Hamilton doused “unknown liquids” in a neighbor’s car on November 16. Subsequently, the neighbor reported vandalism to the police, claiming that the liquid had ruined the paint on his car.

The girlfriend of the owner of the car had beaten the assistant attorney general the same evening of the purported vandalism incident, according to Hamilton’s attorney, Kevin Gagan, who spoke to the newspaper. The girlfriend allegedly faces an assault misdemeanor charge.

Gagan claimed that the vandalism complaint was fabricated to “get [Hamilton] arrested and to get into the papers to embarrass her so that she would drop the criminal case against this guy’s girlfriend—that’s the whole case.”

He also claimed that the office of Soares was “pulling the strings behind this” due to “maybe some personal animosity between” a former coworker of Hamilton who works in the office.

The office is not involved in the purported prosecution of Hamilton and told the paper that there was “absolutely no truth to claims of behind-the-scenes manipulation by any member of our office.”

When asked about a court document citing the tampering charge, Hamilton told The Times Union over the phone, “You clearly require some investigation and some update in your knowledge” because the document did not mean she was “charged with something.”

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“It’s a piece of paper. Do you understand what words mean?” Hamilton said. “I understand what’s written on a piece of paper… If you do anything else with false information other than asserting it to me on the phone, you better be real careful.”

According to reports, the assistant attorney general, Hamilton, was supposed to attend a court hearing on Tuesday regarding the vandalism charges against her. Judge John Reilly of City Court has, however, moved the hearing to April 17.

In the event she is found guilty of third-degree criminal tampering, she may face a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail.

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