That doesn't necessarily end it for Carraway however. He faces on ongoing investigation by the Marion Co. Prosecutor's office. The Star's Mary Beth Schneider reports:
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.
Republicans were quick to jump on the news. Schneider writes:
County GOP Chairman Michael B. Murphy, also an Indianapolis state representative, issued a statement calling on Peterson to refund any money "from that infamous fundraising event." "What did the mayor know, and when did he know it?" Murphy said, repeating the phrase used in the Watergate probe of then-president Richard Nixon.
Democratic Party communications director Jennifer Wagner says I can play that game too. She tells Schneider that "the Indiana Democratic Party, said it has filed a similar complaint with the state's inspector general against current Transportation Commissioner Tom Sharp for meeting with transportation industry officials who also are GOP political donors." Schneider adds, "That meeting was coordinated by the Republican Party's state fundraising unit."
As for the tainted Peterson money, Mike O'Connor tells Schneider that Peterson has no intention of returning the money which Nicol raised for him in violation of state ethics rules. And just what was on those computer hard drives Carraway destroyed? Let's hope the Marion Co. Prosecutor's office can tell us more about that one.