Dopp’s Hearing Starts, Without Dopp

ALBANY—The Commission on Public Integrity is moving forward with a hearing for Darren Dopp, Eliot Spitzer’s former communications director, even though he announced yesterday he won’t show up.
At the request of Dopp’s attorney, Michael Koenig, several letters to administrative Judge Christine Kopec were entered into the record. In these letters, Dopp asked for a stay of today’s proceedings. Kopec moved ahead with them anyway as a “default hearing.”
“The respondent is permitted to appear at any time, should he or his attorney wish to put on a defense,” she said.
Barry Ginsberg, who presented the case against Dopp, noted a table and chairs were ready for him if he should arrive.

Dopp’s Hearing Starts, Without Dopp