PO EDITORIAL: Let's take Bonusgate pr...

PO EDITORIAL: Let's take Bonusgate probe back off the shelf

There are 3 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jun 2, 2011, titled PO EDITORIAL: Let's take Bonusgate probe back off the shelf. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Looking back, we can perhaps attribute Tom Corbett's winning campaign for governor to two things: The name recognition he built prosecuting Bonusgate lawmakers as attorney general, and his promise to never raise taxes or fees as governor.

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Since: May 11

Fayetteville, PA

#1 Jun 3, 2011
I know Corbett investigate the Democrats & convicted many for using state facilities & employees for political action. The main culprit is sitting in jail.

Corbett also investigated & charged Republicans.

Have the Republicans ever gone to trial? Did John Perzel go to trial?

If not, why? What is the delay or is someone blocking these trials?

It wouldn't be politics or nothing.
Tim Potts

Shippensburg, PA

#2 Jun 3, 2011
First a correction: It was the federal government, not Corbett, who put Vince Fumo in jail.

That said, your editorial is timely. Sometime this fall -- November or December -- the statute of limitations will run on whatever crimes were committed in the Bonus Scandal. In other words, anyone who isn't charged by then can't be charged thereafter, even if they committed crimes.

There have been no new indictments in a year and a half. Meanwhile, Watergate was prosecuted and Richard Nixon removed from office in half the time this is taking.

There is no excuse for this. Corbett did none of the things an aggressive prosecutor would do. He did not immediately get a court order to impound evidence. He never asked the court to order a forensic audit, which is the only way to know how much taxpayer money was used illegally and who was responsible for it. He refused to ask for additional investigators to get to the bottom of the Bonus Scandal as the matter of urgency it was and still is. And as governor he has ignored his own grand jury's recommendations for cleaning up the legislature.

No Republicans have gone to trial. I can't explain why not. Most likely the prosecution and defense have both asked for delays for one reason or another. At least once these defendants were charged the statute of limitations no longer applied.

Since: May 11

Fayetteville, PA

#3 Jun 3, 2011
I wonder how much of this illegal use of state resources to run campaigns has helped Corbett in the past?

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