Spitzer Wows Students in First Law Class

But reporter finds lecture disappointingly free of sex, hookers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2009 10:39 AM CDT
Spitzer Wows Students in First Law Class
In this March 12, 2008 file photo, then New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation amidst a prostitution scandal as wife Silda looks on in his offices in New York City.   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

(Newser) – The press was barred from Eliot Spitzer’s first lecture at City College of New York yesterday, but that didn’t stop one enterprising Daily News reporter from sneaking in. If he was expecting pearls of wisdom on Emperors’ Club hookers, he was disappointed. The disgraced governor began by nodding at the elephant in the room, quipping, “At this point, you know everything about me.”  Then he proceeded to discuss law, public policy, and investment banking, wowing students with humor and erudition. 

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The man who was once Sheriff of Wall Street cited "big thinkers" from John Stuart Mill to Bruce Springsteen in a 40-minute riff on wealth distribution. By the end, the kids were firmly in their professor’s corner. When a hapless New York Times reporter tried to get a download from one about the class, another snapped, “No snitching.” (Read more Eliot Spitzer stories.)

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