Gov. Paterson suspends aide in controversy

(AP) - Gov. David Paterson is suspending a closeaide and asked for an investigation by the attorney general after apublished report linked the aide to a claim of domestic violenceinvolving a former girlfriend.

Paterson is suspending 37-year-old David Johnson, his close aidewho rose from volunteer to driver to confidant in over a decade ofworking for the Democrat. Paterson is also asking Attorney AndrewCuomo to investigate claims included in The New York Times articlethat state police may have pressured her to drop a criminal caseagainst Johnson.

The Times cites court records and the woman's lawyer to presenta case of domestic violence and a possible effort to avoid apotential political embarrassment.

Paterson says the report raises serious questions that must bethoroughly investigated.

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