No Criminal Charges In 38 Studios Case
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell have announced there will be no criminal charges stemming from their four-year investigation of the 38 Studios video-game debacle. (ProJo 7.30.16)
O’Donnell told the crowd of reporters gathered at state police headquarters that 146 people had been interviewed, including the 2010 state legislature, except for former Rep. John J. MCauley Jr., who was in prison at the time.
Let that sink in. The one legislator with an iron-clad alibi was already in prison.
One other member of the 2010 legislature just happens to be . . . Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. And he voted for the legislation that paved the way for the state-backed loan. ProJo staff writer Katherine Gregg made inquiries last year as to whether this had created a conflict for the investigation? (ProJo 10/19/15) Gregg quotes Kilmartin’s spokeswoman Amy Kempe,
We are always mindful of the potential for a case-specific conflict within the office, but in this instance, the Attorney General does not believe on exists.
Kempe cited an earlier statement by Col. O’Donnell,
I am aware that the Attorney General, as a former representative, voted on this legislation. I remain satisfied that he has no conflict in the case, based upon his role as a legislator . . .
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, the odious and incompetent head of 38 Studios, will get a chance to tell his side of the story when the civil suit begins in October.
And the next time someone tells you that what the country needs is a businessman to right the ship of state, tell them all about Governor Donald Carcieri whose unerring business instincts left the state of Rhode Island $112.6 million in debt.