The Director of Communication for the Attorney General sent this out yesterday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Brian Gottstein, Director of Communication firstname.lastname@example.org(best contact method) 804-786-5874
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s statement on the conclusion of the investigation of Patrick Moran for election offense allegations
RICHMOND (February 1, 2013) – Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement regarding the conclusion of the investigation of election offense allegations against Patrick Moran.
“After a thorough investigation, we have concluded that, while Mr. Moran’s behavior was inappropriate, it was not criminal,” said the attorney general. “However, election fraud is a serious matter. Securing our elections and protecting against voter fraud are critical components in preserving our representative democracy and the election process as a whole. My office will continue its work to allow all voters to feel secure that their votes count and are not diluted by others committing fraud.”
As a result of the investigation, there will be no charges brought against Moran and the investigation is now closed.
The attorney general’s office had worked in collaboration with the Arlington County Police Department and the Arlington County commonwealth’s attorney to investigate this matter. A criminal investigation was initiated by the Arlington County Police Department in late October 2012 after a video was released allegedly depicting Patrick Moran, former director of field operations for the Jim Moran for Congress campaign organization, assisting another to vote illegally.
Patrick Moran and the Jim Moran for Congress campaign provided full cooperation throughout the investigation. Despite repeated attempts to involve the party responsible for producing the video, he failed to provide any assistance.
A copy of this news release may be found on the attorney general’s web site here.
Since I posted the video in question, and the video accuses Patrick Moran of dishonesty, I decided it was only fair to post the note above.
Here (below) is the video in question. Did Attorney General vindicate Patrick Moran’s innocence or simply decide the video did not show Moran actually breaking the law?
Why didn’t the maker of the video work with the Attorney General’s office? Did he just understand that Moran only crossed the moral threshold, not the legal threshold of law-breaking? I am no lawyer, but it appears to me that the video just shows Moran giving someone advice about how to break the law. That is morally damning, but would what Moran is shown doing on the video provide grounds for prosecution? I doubt it.
What is the point of the video? Moran did not immediately condemn any attempt at voter fraud. Instead, he provided suggestions on how to get away with it.
Anyway, this is one of those things where you have to view the evidence and decide for yourself.