Investigating A Former Governor

A federal grand jury is investigating Mike Easley.

North Carolina has elected its first woman governor, but the man she replaced in Raleigh still consistently makes headlines.

Federal investigators have sent several subpoenas to a variety of state agencies seeking information about Mike Easley, his wife's university job and their travel. 

 

I have heard arguments about whether the government should spend time and resources investigating a former public official. Those in favor of the investigation say it's imperative that those accused of abusing public office and the power that comes with it be looked into.  Those opposed say it's wasteful of the government to use its investigative and prosecutorial resources on a person no longer in public office.

What do you think? 

 

 

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  • by Snake Eye Location: NC on Aug 27, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    If you don't punish these criminals, of what deterrent is it to those who follow? None at all. Maybe if they know they will be investigated for wrongdoing, they will think twice about doing it. That seems to be a no-brainer. People used to be brought up to take responsibility for what they did, and to take the punishment for it, but that doesn't seem to be the case for most of this last batch or two.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Aug 26, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    I do not believe that we should just drop the ball because he is no longer in office...that's like saying that we should no longer prosecute a murder suspect because he/she is no longer doing that sort of thing. We all should pay for our wrongs...thats what keeps us from future wrongs.
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