Curry Cleaning House
December 28, 2010 28 Comments
As we told you earlier, folks at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) have been waiting to hear who will get the boot from incoming Prosecutor Terry Curry. We speculated some division heads might get a pink slip, and as of yesterday, a few were told to clean out their desks by this Friday.
Most were normal suspects, but two on the list we got were somewhat of a surprise. Curry told Larry Brodeur, Chief of the Narcotics Division and Ed Zych, DUI Prosecutor to hit the road yesterday.
Brodeur was instrumental in bringing to light the sweetheart plea deal between outgoing Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and his business partner who also is a defense attorney, Paul Page. That case involved a steroid dealer represented by Page. Despite Brodeur’s strongly worded email to Brizzi warning him against such a lenient plea deal, Brizzi not only authorized a weak plea, he also returned $10,000 of cash forfeited from the dealer. The plea deal was made just a year after Page cut Brizzi in on a deal involving real estate in Elkhart. We here at WSP thought Brizzi would fire Brodeur, not Curry. Wonder what Curry is worried about?
Ed Zych has been a long-time DUI prosecutor and is well respected throughout the state. He has a very high conviction rate and frequently trains prosecutors all over the state on how to win tough drunk driving cases, including fatalities. We are sure Ed will be highly sought after by Prosecuting Attorney’s all over the state.
One last one we heard about but will remain unnamed has us scratching our heads. This individual is a great prosecutor, and isn’t a division head. He never participated in Brizzi’s 2006 re-election campaign, nor helped out Mark Massa this year. This individual did have an intimate relationship with another MCPO employee that ended a few years ago. We know that MCPO employee was actively working to get Curry elected this year. Sure hope she didn’t convince Curry to fire him because of a relationship gone sour…