Breaking his nearly three year silence, Mike Veon sat down with KDKA's Jon Delano for an interview earlier this week. You can watch the uncut, in-depth discussion here.
Veon may be speaking out, but gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett has been mum on why he pulled his "ace" prosecutor, Tony Krastek, from the bonusgate trials.
Of course, it isn't surprising, given Krastek's recent record. His flubbing the first preliminary hearing in the related Beaver Initiative for Growth case and then taking the lead in the trial that resulted in Sean Ramaley being acquitted of all charges wasn't part of Corbett's gubernatorial campaign plan.
However, beyond the obvious political problems the courtroom set-backs have created for Corbett, word in Harrisburg's legal circles has been that there's more than a little disarray and dissension at the Office of the Attorney General.
One indication of this is the abrupt yanking of Krastek in favor of what appears to be a platooning method of trying the Veon case. All the news outlets now quote multiple Deputy Attorney Generals in regard to the Veon trial.
Another sign of chaos has been how the Harrisburg legal communitiy has been abuzz over a veritable civil war that erupted within the Office of Attorney General over whether or not to bring charges against the OAG's investigators' favorite singing canary, Bill DeWeese. Corbett's political expediency won over his investigators' assurances to DeWeese and his lawyers.
Apparently, the chaos and dissension has become so intense that Frank Fina, the Deputy Attorney General in charge of all things bonusgate, has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant Snyder County District Attorney position to be filled at the end of this month. (Sunbury Daily Item, 1/19/10)
Come to think of it, maybe Krastek wasn't yanked by Corbett for ineptitude. Perhaps it was Krastek who decided he didn't want any further part of what has become a quagmire of internal backbiting over trial strategy and an OAG culture based on political calculation for Corbett's run for Governor.