Monday, October 22, 2012

Restore integrity, restore subpoena power

A letter that I just submitted to the local papers:

When the Chris Donovan corruption scandal broke here in Connecticut, as usual, it was the FBI – not state investigators – who had to dig up the facts. Why?

It's because - unlike much of America - our state investigators don't have the power of subpoena used in criminal investigations. Why?

It's because decades ago, the state legislature stripped the power of subpoena from the Chief State’s Attorney. Why?

It's because legislators felt that too many questions were being asked.

If you want to fight the corruption that runs rampant in Hartford, please support a return of this subpoena power. Unlike the current Democratic leadership, including Rep. Vickie Nardello, who oppose the restoration of this investigative authority, Al Adinolfi, Guy Darter, Joe Markley, Len Suzio and Lezlye Zupkus support this measure to fight the culture of corruption. Please support “Uncle Al,” Guy, Joe, Len and Lezlye!

Tim White

And for a better understanding of my concerns, please read this June 2007 NYTimes editorial.

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