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For Immediate Release:  
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July 7, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- William C. Brown, Acting Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Vaughn L. McKoy, Director


John R. Hagerty


Statement of Vaughn L. McKoy, Director, Division of Criminal Justice, Requesting Office of Government Integrity to Investigate JCA Tape Recordings

I have requested that Acting Attorney General William Brown seek an independent inquiry regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding the creation and misplacement of a video recording of a July, 2001 meeting between former Deputy Director Anthony Zarrillo (Division of Criminal Justice), George Norcross, and his attorney in connection with a criminal investigation that originated by a prior administration.

Upon learning that a video tape may have existed, my staff was directed to conduct a full inquiry of the prior administration’s handling of the video recording and related matters. Notwithstanding that the staff conducting the video recording investigation are professional and were not involved with the events of July 2001, my request for an independent review will provide assurances to the public that an impartial, thorough, and complete inquiry was conducted and will help preserve the integrity of the process.

Additionally, such an independent review will allow the Division of Criminal Justice to avoid any appearance of impropriety or perceived conflicts of interest. I am prepared to provide all the resources necessary to assist in bringing this matter to a swift conclusion.

Acting Attorney General William C. Brown’s letter of referral to Director John Kennedy of the Office of Government Integrity is attached to this statement.


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