Most of the media coverage of Steve Stetler's Motion to Dismiss is focused on the hundreds of phone calls between Corbett's campaign phones and workers in state offices. Corbett claims he used his campaign phone to discuss state business (a violation of campaign finance law), but so far he has refused to discuss the hundreds of calls between state workers and campaign staffers (who have no state business to discuss, and even if they did - which they didn't - using their campaign phones for non-campaign purposes is a violation of campaign finance law)
But the motion contains several other serious allegations against Corbett - notably that he not only violated grand jury secrecy by his many, many public pronouncements about the grand jury's activity, but that he actually influenced the grand jury's conclusion with those statements.
Of course he did.
Consider that Corbett first began promising that Republicans would be indicted in September of 2008 - not long after a Patriot-News article questioned, "Is Bonusgate Probe Partisan?"
"Pennsylvania's attorney general says the next round of arrests in the 'Bonusgate' investigation will come either this month or after the election...Corbett said more arrests could be made this month 'if all the dominoes fall in the right line.''' (Associated Press, 9/8/08)As we know from the presentment issued against Republican Rep. John Perzel and others in November 2009, Corbett hadn't even started investigating House Republicans in earnest until October 2008, a month after he made that statement.
Although Corbett subpoenaed House Republicans for documents in October 2007 - three weeks after Corbett and his campaign manager met with Perzel - according to the presentment, contempt hearings "held for the purpose of forcing the caucus into compliance with subpoenas and court orders" weren't convened until October 2008, a full year after the subpoenas were served.
Yet, before those hearings even began, in response to questions about whether Republicans would be indicted, Corbett told the Lancaster Intelligencer:
"It's one of those times -- I hate to say it, but I almost feel like saying, 'Trust me -- we're going to get there, and when we're finished there are going to be a lot of people with egg on their face,'"-- Lancaster Intelligencer 9/25/08
By February, a full nine months before the grand jury issued its presentment (and only four months after Corbett had begun proceedings to force House Republicans to comply with subpoenas), Corbett was declaring not only that Republicans would be charged, but that he knew what the charges would be:
"[The charges will] shock the conscience of people. You will be stunned. It's the amount of money involved."Remember, Corbett was prohibited by law from discussing grand jury proceedings, and here is is revealing not only that the grand jury would indict, but what the substance of the charges would be [and how the public would react to them. How prescient!].
Corbett's response to accusations that his prosecutions have been politically-motivated has been a Pilate-like "It was the grand jury's decision to indict, not mine!"
But on April 5, 2009, the Allentown Morning Call reported that Corbett said nobody but he knows where the investigation is going and who else will be charged.
Nobody but Corbett knows .....