Tuesday, February 23, 2010

VITO: SPY FOR MY BOYFRIEND


Prosecution witnesses continue to cast an ever harsher light on Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Corbett's error-riddled, politically-motivated, multi-million-dollar investigation of the legislature.

Those in the public who are following the trial through "traditional" media only are missing the real story. According to Post-Gazette reporter Tracie Mauriello's "Tweets," an Rendell Administration cabinet member asked a witness to "inform" on the Grand Jury:

"KSB [Karen Steiner Blanar, a former member of Mike Veon's staff]: Around the time she 1st testified before grand jury Sandi Vito asked her to be an informant to Jeff Foreman."

"Vito is state labor secretary & girlfriend of Foreman, who was later arrested in #bonusgate probe. He entered a plea agreement."

"Foreman testified last week in this trial. He was not asked whether Steiner Blanar discussed grand [jury] w/ him."


This revelation would raise questions, if ever it occurred to anyone in the Capitol newsroom to ask questions. House employees who testified to the grand jury were under a gag order during the investigation. If Blanar told Foreman what she told the grand jury, she would have been in contempt of court and should have been prosecuted, but she was not - probably because it would have damaged her credibility as a witness, and the prosecution's witnesses are already pretty low on credibility.

Did Corbett investigate Vito's role in a conspiracy to violate the judge's order? Or did he - as he attempted to do with another Rendell cabinet member - overlook allegations of wrongdoing on the part of administration officials?

After the Tribune-Review's Brad Bumstead exposed Corbett's wink-and-nod to Revenue Secretary Steve Stetler, the embarrassed Corbett backtracked and found something with which to charge Stetler. Will he now do the same to Vito?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Former aide describes Veon as micromanager. Bliss says Veon was a micromanager who kept close tabs on the Harrisburg legislative office.

Bliss says that during election years, Veon closely monitored campaign donations that his staff was collecting.

FUNNY, LETS SEE, MANZO, FOREMAN, WEBB, BRUBAKER, LAVELLE, AND MOSLEY ALL SAID MIKE VEON NEVER ORDERED THEM ON DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS ON BONUSGATE OR THE RE-ELECTION???

Now all of sudden Bliss says he did?

Another OAG Witness contradictuing other OAG Witnesses???

Corbett's Prosecutors are worse than the Keystone Cops.

The Jury has to be sleeping by now, or very confused, on whom to believe?

Anonymous said...

If Blanar told Foreman what she told the grand jury, she would have been in contempt of court and should have been prosecuted, but she was not - probably because it would have damaged her credibility as a witness, and the prosecution's witnesses are already pretty low on credibility.

Did Corbett investigate Vito's role in a conspiracy to violate the judge's order?

Or did he - as he attempted to do with another Rendell cabinet member - overlook allegations of wrongdoing on the part of administration officials?

I do not know, but I do know Ms. Blanar will be needing her own paid for Lawyer by here in the future.

Based on what Ms. Blanar said under oath, apparently she has some bigger problems now?

After all, all witnesses at all times, irrespective of any immunity claims, are subject to perjury charges if they lie in sworn testimony.

Ms. Blanar problems are just starting and she will be crying far more now.

Anonymous said...

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."---Martin Luther King Jr.

"Any Prosecutor, can indict anybody, before any grand jury, for almost anything. The Federal Crimes codes are so vast, if you look at the crimes in the federal code, you wont believe the thousands and thousands of crimes, often times overlapping, often times very technical, but you could almost look at the United States code and you could find a crime to fit almost anybody that you were investigating."

Bennett Gershman, Pace School of Law Expert on Prosecutorial Misconduct:

"The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove" highlights only a very small number of many cases across the country where tactics used by the Department of Justice are questionable, if not illegal.

It is necessary to examine not only the methods....but the motives.

Thanks to Project Save Justice for allowing us to post it on this site.

"A Prosecutor who alleges enough wrongdoing will always get a conviction--the jury assumes, the defendant must have done something."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Please Join:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
and sign the letter below requesting Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate selective and political prosecutions by the Department of Justice and State Attorney Generals using prosecutions for election to higher office.

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Anonymous said...

Acting Labor and Industry Secretary Sandi Vito was too drunk to sign the citation issued to her for public drunkenness, according to documents that were filed today in court.

The citation against Vito, which carries a $200 fine, was filed in District Judge Joseph Solomon's office Wednesday, a week after Vito was cited with public drunkenness at the Harrisburg Hilton.

Vito was found "extremely intoxicated" inside the hotel bar, according to Officer Amy Bright, who issued the citation. The document also said Vito was shouting an obscenity at Bright and others.

HMMMNNNN......Karen Steiner Bladar can be summed up with these statements:

Alcohol is not the answer, it just makes you forget the question.

If things get any worse, the OAG will have to ask you to stop helping them.

Repeat asking the questions until caught. Then lie!

Anonymous said...

I cannot help but to comment what I have seen since the Veon trial started.

It looks like a bad prosecution is better than no prosecution. Mainly because the clear conscience from an OAG Witnesses so far are usually signs of bad memories.

After all, a little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. Moreover, the Judge wants to speed up this Trial with the OAG putting out such inaccuracies.

The OAG conclusions from their investigations look simply the place where the OAG Witnesses got tired of thinking and now forgetting what they said before the Grand Jury.

I mean these OAG's witnesses testimony are like drunks' words but on Cross-Examination come off as sobers' thoughts.

No wonder Mike Veon is so unpopular and an easy target, ultimately, a free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular, unless you live under Corbett's Campaign for Governor.

This entire OAG Bonusgate Trial so far by the OAG is admitting nothing, deny everything and make counter-accusations.

This is because all of the OAG Witnesses generalizations are dangerous, even this one, because at length testimony is said and done, more is said than done regarding this trial.

The witnesses were not prep well enough to remember to always keep their words soft and sweet, because on Cross-Examination they are having to eat them.

The OAG has money to burn on this investigation and trail but are having a tough time to find someone to tend the fire coming from the cases ashes.

Their biggest problem now is that old adage, assumption is the mother of all screw-ups because based on what I seeing, the OAG is not learning anything after each witness.

The first, second, third and going into the seventh time, the OAG is like a mule that kicks you. You should have learn something from the first time not subsequent times.

Anonymous said...

Karen Steiner Blanar proves a little bit of powder, a little bit of paint, makes a girl’s complexion seem what it ain’t.

In her testimony, she forgot not to tell any big lies today. The small ones can be just as effective.

However, if crime doesn’t pay… does that mean her job is a crime?

Anonymous said...

Sandy looks like she needs a drink!

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