David Johnson Reportedly Pleads the Fifth in Both Paterson-Related Inquiries

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Former David Paterson aide David Johnson, whose domestic-violence case led to Paterson’s decision to drop his reelection bid, has invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself, the Times reports, explaining that Johnson has refused to answer questions asked as part of the slow-moving investigation into his alleged assault of Sherr-una Booker. Johnson additionally would not answer questions in a separate state inquiry relating to five World Series Yankees tickets acquired for Paterson last fall, according to the paper's source. Any testimony from Johnson as to the Paterson administration's response to the domestic-violence incident would be “valuable to investigators in helping them to determine the extent of the governor’s knowledge about the matter and when he first learned about it in any detail,” the Times notes.

Ex-Aide to Paterson Takes Fifth Amendment [NYT]