Friday, September 22, 2006

Bowell's Guilty Plea

Earlier this week AI commented on how quickly Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's office was able to obtain a guilty plea from former Marion County Public Library board member Mark Bowell under the state's conflict-of-interest statute after the Star's Kevin Corcoran's initial report earlier this summer. I ran into Carl Brizzi last night at the Lambda Legal dinner, and he wanted to correct the impression I left that his office's investigation was triggered by Corcoran's investigative story.

Brizzi explained to me that his office began investigating Bowell's relationship with Turner Construction nearly a year and a half ago, long before Corcoran began asking any questions. He further indulged me to understand that these types of investigations often take a long time, and that his office takes public corruption cases very seriously. I was encouraged by Brizzi's comments.


Anonymous said...

Dont let brizzi "work" you. He'll tell you wha tyou want to hear!

Gary R. Welsh said...

Anon, thanks for thinking of me, but I'm capable of being discerning. If you haven't noticed, I'm a cynic by nature.

Anonymous said...

Mark Bowell always was a pathetic little worm. He hung around the fringes of lobbying/political involvement for 10-15 years. The first "big money" he makes for thoses connections gets him indicted.

Not very bright. He shoulda consulted Drummer, Johnson, Carson, Duncan, Treacy, et al

Anonymous said...

I think you should dig a little deeper into who he does business with you might be surprised at what you find!

Anonymous said...

He wanted to be the COO of the library. He wanted Cory O'Dell his best friend to be the CFO. He even wanted the library to find a job for his mother. He is not alone. There are other Library Board members who are dirty. Even the Construction Attorny has a history. IMCPL needs an elected library board. Somebody should check out Bowell work for a firm that handled the Welfare to Work program. Has he ever held a job for more than one year?

Anonymous said...

What about the other companies that had contracts with the Library?
I'm sure he had dealings with them as well but nobody has dug deep enough.