WILMINGTON, Del. - Former Delaware chief justice E. Norman Veasey is urging the public to read his newly-released campaign finance investigation carefully.
Critics have argued that it fails to hold certain individuals accountable, including Gov. Jack Markell (D) and his campaign, who allegedly helped donors break campaign contribution laws.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Veasey says "as public prosecutors, we are bound not only by the law and the need to prove every element of every crime beyond a reasonable doubt, but also we are Delaware lawyers, ethically bound by the Supreme Court's Rules of Professional Conduct."
"Rule 3.8 'Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor' states that '[t]he prosecutor in a criminal case shall … refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause,'" read the statement. "The report clearly demonstrates that criminal charges some critics would have us make are not supported by evidence sufficient to prosecute. Thus, to bring such a charge would be professional misconduct, subject to possible disbarment."
The more than two-year investigation began after businessman Christopher Tigani pleaded guilty to using his family's beer distributorship to bundle thousands in illegal contributions to state and federal candidates.