INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - United States District Attorney Joe Hogsett says he will not file criminal charges against former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.
According to a release, there was not enough sufficient evidence to prove Brizzi was involved in any bribery attempt in two alleged cases.
“Carl is relieved, ecstatic, this is where he should have been years ago and is glad to have his life restored,” said Brizzi attorney Ron Safer.
Safer told 24-Hour News 8 the past three years have been extremely difficult for his client.
“When someone is innocent like Carl, you can have your life ruined even though you are innocent by the fact that it is in the public that you are under investigation that somebody thinks you might have done something wrong” said Safer. “People look at you differently when your name is in your newspaper and as somebody who is going to be indicted even though there is no basis for that. It takes a certain kind of intestinal fortitude, a certain type of courage and resolve and family support to power on during that time and Carl did that.”
While the Federal Prosecutor did not find any evidence to suggest Brizzi accepted bribes while in office, District Attorney Joe Hogsett said the results of the investigation will be sent to the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
That office will then decide whether the alleged misconduct should be referred to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.
In a statement released late Tuesday afternoon through a local public relations firm, Brizzi said the following:
The news today comes as no surprise to me and the truth has prevailed. The U.S. Department of Justice has conducted a thorough, exhaustive and expensive investigation over three years that supports my contentions that I conducted my business affairs both ethically and legally.
A prosecutor has the power to indict or not indict. Neither Joe Hogsett nor any other prosecutor should give opinions about ethics or morals. Hogsett’s baseless aspersions in a statement issued to announce that no charges will be made against me is a continuation of his disregard for the boundaries of his office.
I want to deeply thank my family and friends who’ve been there for me during a protracted and painful period.
I am currently on my way to work on a case in London and look forward to returning home to move forward in a proactive and positive way.
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