Judge Extends Protection Order vs. Ex-Paterson Aide

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    David Johnson

    A Bronx judge has extended an order of protection against an aide to New York's governor charged with roughing up his former girlfriend.
           
    David Johnson ignored reporters' questions while leaving court on Thursday. His lawyer said they had no comment.

            Johnson was charged Aug. 12 with assault, menacing, harassment and criminal mischief, all misdemeanors.
           
    Gov. David Paterson made a phone call to Johnson's ex-girlfriend, Sherr-Una Booker, before she let the case drop initially by not appearing in court. It caused the governor serious political damage, even though investigators found no evidence of witness tampering.
           
    The confrontation between Johnson and Booker occurred on Halloween 2009. Booker said that Johnson, angry over how she was dressed, choked her, lifted her into the air, threw her against a dresser and ripped her costume.

    Booker said Johnson tried to stop her from calling the police but eventually left the scene. She called 911 three times, at one point saying she was scared Johnson would come back to "finish the job."

    Police who responded saw no visible injuries and classified the confrontation as harassment, a violation. After the officers left, she went to a hospital, where she was treated and met with a staff social worker to discuss domestic violence resources.

    No arrest was made, but officers did a follow-up visit. Johnson did not return to the home.

    Booker sought a court order requiring Johnson to stay away and took the case to Family Court, where she told officials that in the days after the altercation, "the state troopers kept calling and harassing me to drop the charges."

    Booker told Judge Kaye that she initially decided not to pursue the matter because, among other reasons, Johnson had not contacted her since the confrontation and she no longer felt a threat.

    Johnson's attorney Oscar Michelen has said Booker "had every opportunity and chose not to proceed."

    Paterson may face criminal charges for what a special counsel called inaccurate and misleading testimony on how he secured World Series tickets last year.