I had a great conversation a few days ago with an old Air Force pal who is now an assistant US Attorney in another part of the country. He couldn't comment on what is going on around here but told me how the Department of Justice deals with public corruption cases. The first goal is to get the crook out of office and by the time someone gets a target letter their goose is cooked. To get the offender out of office and avoid a long expensive trial a deal is offered. Plead guilty to one charge, resign your office and go to jail for a short time or we will take it to trial and hit you with a list of charges that you know that you are guilty of and spend more time behind bars. This works as long as the judge is willing to go along with it.
A case in point. The Juvie Brothers, Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella, agreed to to plead guilty to 2 charges in exchange for a 7 year sentence. Federal Judge Ed Kosik rejected the plea and a 48 count indictment was then filed by the US Attorney. It will take some time to bring this to trial.
On earlier threads some commenter's defended a few of our local crooks saying taking some clothes or travel money was no big deal if that was the only thing they did. What else did they do? The feds know.
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