Friday, January 8, 2010

Corbett: "Strong Case" Against Veon

Former Pennsylvania House Democratic Whip Mike Veon’s corruption trial begins in a few weeks, and Attorney General Tom Corbett says the case against the ex-lawmaker is strong.
When he announced the last round of charges in an ongoing legislative corruption probe last month, Attorney General Tom Corbett acknowledged Sean Ramaley’s “not guilty” verdicts sharpened the A-G office’s focus.
He says he’s confident in the case against former Democratic Whip Mike Veon and three others – but hypothesized about what a loss would mean for his gubernatorial campaign.

"From a political standpoint it will certainly – people will comment on that. 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."

25 people have been charged in the probe, and seven Democrats agreed to plea deals this week. Corbett says he’s not going to focus his campaign on the investigation, though. He says he’ll talk about the economy, education, the environment and tax reform. Some critics have called on Corbett to step down while he runs for governor.

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