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Questions linger in assembly sex harassment case

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Details of a sexual harassment scandal that is hitting powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are leading to more criticism of the investigation that appeared to stop at an already disgraced lawmaker.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics investigated claims against Assemblyman Vito Lopez and reviewed a $103,000 secret settlement orchestrated by Silver and his stop staff to end the first claims.

The commission found evidence that Lopez violated public officer's law, but said there was no basis to charge Silver.

Susan Lerner of the good government group Common Cause says the commission's decision to limit its probe is "an ongoing concern."

Silver said Tuesday the commission investigated him and found no violations. On Monday, he had said he was never a target of the probe.

The women's attorneys claim Silver is revising history.

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