Last Friday, in a report about Nichol and former ISP Superintendant Mel Carraway admitting to state ethics violations, Schneider said an investigation into Carraway continued but said nothing about any ongoing criminal investigation of Nichol. She wrote of the two then:
However, Blackwell and the Marion County prosecutor's office said an investigation by that office into Carraway and his cousin, former State Police Col. Cody Johnson,
Roger Rayl, spokesman for Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, said that while the investigation into the hard drives is complete, the office continues to investigate allegations, outlined in a State Board of Accounts audit last year, that Carraway and Johnson inappropriately directed more than $140,000 in public dollars to a foundation that runs the State Police Memorial.
In a statement, Nicol said, "While I did not intentionally or knowingly violate the political activity rule, I have owned up to and paid for this mistake. I'm sorry.
"It is important to note that I did not, in any way whatsoever, personally or professionally, gain anything from this matter."
A WISH-TV report on the same day as Schneider's story appeared said the complete opposite. It reported:
But the question is, can Nicol move on? Prosecutor Carl Brizzi says he's still looking into Nicol's political fundraising efforts and wrongdoing.
Nicol apparently tried to cover up that he had changed official documents awarding millions in state contracts before leaving office.
Carraway's attorney issued a statement explaining that Carraway destroyed hard drives to insure homeland security matters would not be compromised. Brizzi says Carraway's actions "do not rise to the level of criminal conduct," and the investigation into Carraway is done.
So either Schneider or WISH-TV reported it wrong from the beginning. Schneider's report today would indicate that she had it wrong last Friday, but I haven't seen any report that Carraway has been cleared by the prosecutor's office so WISH-TV may have had it wrong on that account as well.
For his part, Schneider reports that "Brizzi said he had planned to announce Monday that the investigation was over, with no criminal charges filed. However, on Monday afternoon, Nicol's attorney, Larry Mackey, released a statement along with a copy of Byron's letter to show the investigation had ended. "We were going to," Brizzi said Tuesday. "We got beat to the punch."
My conclusion is that everyone screwed up at least a little on this one.