The LuLac Edition #1388, Nov. 29th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: GOVERNOR ED RENDELL.
MUSTO’S DEC. 15TH COURT DATE
The Times Leader reports that a federal judge has scheduled the arraignment of State Sen. Raphael Musto for Dec. 15. Last week, a federal grand jury issued a six-count indictment against Musto on Nov. 23, alleging he accepted $38,000 in cash and services in exchange for exerting his influence as a senator. Musto, 81, was initially scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, but his attorney sought a continuance with the government's approval. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Thomas Blewitt ordered Musto to appear in federal court in Scranton at 11 a.m. for his arraignment. Musto, who will retire from the Senate on Tuesday, is expected to enter a plea of not guilty. This is the first step in a long journey that will take the career politician on a quest to clear his name. It will be interesting to see the defense strategy used by his lawyers . One wonders the impact it will have on people cooperating with the ongoing investigations in Luzerne County.
RENDELL USES VETO PEN
Gov. Ed Rendell on Saturday vetoed a bill that he feared would escalate violent acts by expanding a person’s rights in Pennsylvania to use deadly force, even when safe retreat is possible, if feeling threatened outside their home. Rendell criticized the bill as a dangerous solution to a nonexistent problem that would encourage a “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality.