July 16, 1988 |
Bess Myerson, a former Miss America who once served as New York City cultural affairs commissioner, pleaded guilty Friday to shoplifting from a department store two months ago. Myerson, 64, did not appear in court but submitted a signed statement through her attorney. She was fined $100 and paid $48 in court costs.
November 23, 1988 |
Mayor Edward I. Koch, testifying against his one-time aide Bess Myerson at her alimony-fixing trial, admitted under defense questioning Tuesday that he gave inaccurate information to a federal prosecutor investigating the case. However, Koch insisted that he answered "to the best of my recollection at the time," when the prosecutor asked him in a 1987 deposition whether he had discussed Myerson's situation with one of his top aides, special assistant Herbert P. Rickman.
December 7, 1988 |
The defense in the divorce-fixing trial of former Miss America Bess Myerson and two others rested Tuesday after presenting about an hour of testimony by character witnesses on behalf of the defendants. Myerson, the former city cultural affairs commissioner, is charged with hiring the daughter of state Supreme Court Justice Hortense Gabel in order to influence the judge's rulings in the divorce case of Myerson's boyfriend, Carl (Andy) Capasso.
April 9, 1987 |
Bess Myerson, the embattled former Miss America, resigned as the city's cultural affairs commissioner after a special investigator reported serious misconduct, the mayor said today. Mayor Edward I. Koch said the misconduct occurred when Myerson, 62, gave a $21,000-a-year job to the daughter of a judge who handled the 1983 divorce of Myerson's companion, Carl Capasso, 41.
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June 13, 1987 |
A judge accused of being improperly influenced by former city Cultural Affairs Commissioner Bess Myerson in the divorce case of Carl Capasso, Myerson's companion, faces judicial misconduct charges, it was reported Friday. Quoting anonymous sources, Newsday and the New York Times reported that the state Commission on Judicial Conduct began closed proceedings last month against Justice Hortense Gabel, whose daughter had been hired by Myerson as an aide.
June 30, 1987
Hortense W. Gabel, the New York state Supreme Court justice whose dealings with Bess Myerson are at the crux of a scandal, resigned. In a letter to Chief Judge Sol Wachtler of the state Court of Appeals, Gabel, 74, said she suffered "serious health problems." An investigator found that Myerson had misused her position as New York City cultural affairs commissioner to influence Gabel, who was presiding over the divorce case of Carl A. Capasso, with whom Myerson was involved.