Indianapolis Prosecutor Carl Brizzi’s predecessor and one-time mentor, Scott Newman, has called on Brizzi to resign after the latest in a series of hits to the office’s credibility, reports the Indianapolis Star. A special prosecutor this week filed racketeering charges against a former investigator in Brizzi’s office. Daniel Constantino is accused of aiding a scheme to sell stolen vehicles in exchange for sports tickets.
Brizzi has faced heightened scrutiny over his extensive business dealings and investments, and his intervention in several cases in which some think he has conflicts of interest. “I do feel that Carl Brizzi has been an effective prosecutor for much of the last seven years,” said Newman, a Republican who left office in 2002 after two terms. “However, the thicket of ethical issues that have emerged in the last two years or so is so dense that it threatens everything he’s achieved, first of all, and has shaken public confidence in the office. Newman — the former Indianapolis public safety director — is campaign chairman for Mark Massa, a Republican candidate for prosecutor.