We already knew that the state police had contacted Booker for unclear reasons, and that Paterson himself had a brief phone conversation with her the day before the scheduled hearing.
In the latest story, the Times reports, citing anonymous sources, that Paterson had state employee Deneane Brown reach out to Booker, and that he told his press secretary to ask Booker "to publicly describe the episode as nonviolent."
The press secretary did not successfully reach Booker, according to the Times.
Lawyers told Politico that the new story, if true, could raise the possibility of witness tampering or obstruction of justice. Ben Smith notes:
New York State law outlaws witness tampering, defined as occurring when someone "wrongfully induces or attempts to induce [a person who is about to be called as a witness] to absent himself from" a court proceeding.