Nobility, Shakespeare, and Truth Telling

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

This morning I read that two Connecticut principles have submitted pleas of guilt

Peter N. Ellef, 61, and William Tomasso, 40, entered guilty pleas before U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey to conspiring to commit bribery and conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Ellef, who was Rowland’s co-chief of staff, admitted using his position to make sure Tomasso got the contract to build the $57 million Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown.

We know what happened here. The principles knew they had done wrong but, when caught, maintained innocence until the right deal could be made. Just once I’d love to see a criminal step up and say, “Okay, I did it.”


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