University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff on PA Attorney General's Long-Running Investigation of Members of State House

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March 24, 2012

With more than twenty convictions so far, the long-running investigation of Pennsylvania state legislators by the state Attorney General for using legislative office resources for political gain has yet to net a member of the state's Senate; all of those convicted have been members of the House.  The Attorney General's office has not cleared anyone from the Senate.  According to Professor John Burkoff, clearing someone of wrongdoing after an investigation is both optional and unusual.  "Prosecutors can, and sometimes do, make statements clearing people who have been the targets of investigations.  But there is absolutely no obligation for them to to so." 

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