“Dollar Bill” Death Knell?
Looks like Bob Corrente is going to need a lot more than the “word” of John Celona to help him with Operation Dollar Bill….
Former CVS executives John R. “Jack” Kramer and Carlos Ortiz have been cleared of charges that they tried bribing former state Sen. John Celona to win favor in the State House for the Woonsocket-based drugstore chain.
The jury of eight men and four women reached their verdict in less than two hours, clearing them of all 23 charges lodged against each defendant. Jurors got the case at 10:35 this morning after receiving instructs from Chief U.S. District Judge Mary M. Lisi.
After the verdict, CVS issued a statement this afternoon, saying the company “believes that the judicial process has produced a fair and just outcome.
“Today’s verdict is consistent with the company’s long-held view that Mr. Kramer and Mr. Ortiz had not engaged in criminal conduct. We are pleased for these two men and their families that this long and painful ordeal has ended,” the statement said.
Corrente said his office would continue with its investigation into corruption at the State House, “Operation Dollar Bill.”
“If anyone thinks were going away, we’re not,” Corrente said.
Is Bill Irons next? Or someone else? Or is that about it?