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Monday, February 06, 2006

Lisa in a good mood

Cleared
Gov. M. Jodi Rell's chief of staff did not violate criminal laws when she handed out invitations to a campaign fundraiser for the governor, Connecticut's top prosecutor said Monday, ending a two-month investigation.

Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano said criminal prosecution of Lisa Moody is not warranted.

He said no criminal statutes bar the governor's chief of staff or her commissioners from campaigning on state property and said the use of state time was too minimal to warrant a larceny charge. Such a charge would have required an intent to defraud the state.

"There's insufficient evidence that any of these individuals intended to defraud the state," Morano said.

He said a team of lawyers reviewed the laws before issuing that conclusion.