Although Eliot Spitzer’s political career is over, it remains unclear what legal fate awaits the disgraced New York governor, the Wall Street Journal reports. Spitzer’s resignation wasn’t part of any deal, the feds confirm, but makes him less of a legal target. One possibility is a deferred-prosecution settlement, in which Spitzer would admit to the crime—but ultimately won't be prosecuted.
If prosecutors prove more aggressive, they could try to charge him with “structuring”—specifically, the crime of dividing transfers of cash used to finance his salacious exploits into smaller sums to avoid raising eyebrows. But that crime is normally used to target high-end drug traffickers, and requires proof that Spitzer intended financial duplicity—not merely to avoid embarrassment.