The Senate State Government Committee, Betting, Tourism and Historic Preservation this morning passed Senate Bill 3242, which would ban some officials from campaigning for election to public office during the duration of their public service and for a period of three years thereafter. The bill would apply to the attorney general and the first deputy attorney general, as well as all county attorneys, deputy attorneys and legal assistants to prosecutors.
All committee members voted yes on the bill, sponsored by State Senator Richard Codey (D-27).
Presenting his case to the committee ahead of the vote, Codey quoted Thomas Puccio (pictured above right), a Justice Department attorney and lead prosecutor in the federal Abscam corruption case, who made the comment in February 1982.
“A US prosecutor once said, ‘yes I can indict a ham sandwich,'” Codey said, troubled by that kind of concentrated power. “Time and time again we have seen us….
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