Corbett on implications of a Veon acquittal
January 7, 2010 Leave a comment
When he’s been questioned about the implications of Sean Ramaley’s acquittal in recent weeks, Attorney General Tom Corbett has maintained confidence in his legislative corruption investigation. At Pennsylvania Society in December, he brushed off criticism that the acquittal revealed a flawed case.
Ever since the Ramaley verdict, the political chatter in Harrisburg has been that a Veon acquittal could deal a major blow to Corbett’s gubernatorial campaign. Appearing on WITF’s Radio Smart Talk this morning, Corbett maintained he’s confident about the arguments his team will present – but he did acknowledge the fact that “not guilty” verdicts would cause damage. “From a political standpoint it will certainly – people will comment on that,” he said. “They will take all the shots they possibly can from both sides of the aisle. But I know that I have done my job. I know the office has done their job. We believe that we have more than sufficient information, and we have to just wait to see what a jury says.”
Corbett also confirmed his campaign has accidentally sent fundraising solicitations to a few people his office is investigating. That’s a complaint levied by former revenue secretary Steve Stetler’s attorney, Josh Lock, during last month’s arraignments.
Stetler allegedly received the letter in 2008, when Corbett was running for a second term as A-G.
On Smart Talk, Corbett said a handful of targets have mistakenly gotten letters, but maintained each time, the situation was quickly resolved. “We vet every check that we receive. We run it through to make sure it’s not somebody we’re investigating,” he said. “[Soliciting funds from targets] would be totally inappropriate. And to my knowledge, we have not deposited a check, or if we did we returned it as soon as we learned that it was somebody we shouldn’t have taken a check for.”