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Feds Tell Donovan The Case Is Closed

by Staff Report | Feb 3, 2014 5:42pm
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Posted to: Campaign Finance, Courts, Smoke Shop Investigation, Donovan

Hugh McQuaid file photo

Chris Donovan outside the federal courthouse

Federal prosecutors do not plan to charge former House Speaker Chris Donovan in the 2012 campaign corruption case that dashed his congressional candidacy and has two of his former staffers serving prison terms.

Donovan’s lawyer was notified Friday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office had closed its investigation into a conspiracy to illegally donate $27,500 to Donovan’s congressional campaign. All but one of the seven men found guilty on related charges have been sentenced to prison terms.

“Please be advised that the investigation is now closed and, based on information and evidence currently available to the Government, this Office will not seek to charge your client with violations of federal criminal law in connection with that investigation,” U.S. Attorney Deidre Daly said in a letter to attorney Shelley R. Sadin.

Donovan issued a short statement through his friend and spokeswoman, Audrey Honig Geragosian.

“The investigation is over. I look forward to continuing my efforts to advocate for a fair and just society,” he said.

Prosecutors hinted in court documents that Donovan was aware of the conspiracy, but Donovan was never charged and he maintained that he knew nothing of the scheme.

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posted by: Tessa Marquis | February 3, 2014  6:12pm

Told Ya So.

posted by: Not that Michael Brown | February 3, 2014  6:47pm

“Prosecutors hinted . . .”
Thanks feds, for trying to destroying a good man.  Why didn’t you go after Cafero?  You know, the guy with the cash in in his frig.

posted by: Historian | February 3, 2014  7:38pm

interesting that the two union guys got off - Donovan and Soucy, the instigator..

posted by: Not that Michael Brown | February 4, 2014  9:06am

We may never know why, but the FBI was out to get Donovan for something/anything.  Using an informant, who was also a convicted fellon, the FBI coerced an ethically challeneged Soucy to initiate a sting.  Soucy quickly agreed to turned ‘FBI informant’ himself after he was caught redhanded taking a $1,000 bribe.  Persons on Donovan’s staff proved to be weak-willed and accepted $27,000 in campaign donations that they knew they should not have accepted.  Minority Leader Larry Cafero was at least smart enough to turn the *cash* bribe he got into “campaign donations.”  Cafero eventually returned the “donations” after he found out the FBI was behind them.  Smooth.

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | February 6, 2014  8:01am

DrHunterSThompson

Too bad.  We were all hoping Done-ovan would get his due.

HST

posted by: Not that Michael Brown | February 6, 2014  1:19pm

@DrHunterSThompson - Something tells me you and your fellow quadrupeds will get your “due” first.