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No federal charges to be filed as a result of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios debacle

Sep 28, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

Curt Schilling AP

The best thing is to not have U.S. Attorneys considering whether or not to file charges against you in the first place.  The next best thing, I suppose, is to have them considering them and then decide not to file them:

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Rhode Island says no federal criminal charges will be brought in the case of the video game company owned by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, which received a $75 million state loan guarantee before going belly up.

Way to go, champ. But:

Col. Steven O’Donnell, head of the Rhode Island State Police, said the investigation into whether any state laws were violated is still open and being pursued.

Good thing Schilling has such a good relationship with the State of Rhode Island.

Oh, wait.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    1. Government encourages crony capitalism
    2. So-called “small government” conservative accept government loan for business
    3. Business fails
    4. So call “small government” launches tirade against government stooges who gave them the loan in the first place
    5. Federal Government stooges start sniffing around
    6. Federal Government stooges realize that prosecution could open can of worms that make them look bad
    7. Federal stooges give up chase

    Am I missing something here?

    • lmoneyfresh - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Sounds like you got about all of it. Sadly.

    • Reflex - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Not really following. He got his loan from the previous RI administration. The current RI administration held him to its terms and he failed. He may have broken some laws in the process. The feds investigated and determined that the laws he may have broken were not federal and thus ceased investigating. The state continues its investigation as he may have still broken state laws.

      • chill1184 - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        I apologize for not being more clear than I should’ve. I’m mocking two things here

        1. The open hypocrisy of conservatives when it comes to being small government

        2. The omnipresent thug that is the government attempting to prosecute someone for breaking a law in regards to a problem that they created in the first place.

  2. schlom - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Didn’t Schilling as a business owner have a responsibility to his employees to take the state loan, regardless of his personal beliefs?

    • paperlions - Sep 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Nope, he actually hired a lot of people BECAUSE of the loan and move to RI….of course, he screwed those people over big time both coming and going…..if he was going to remain consistent with his convictions, he should have sought private funding, not public….and if he was concerned with his employees, he might have lifted at least one finger to not screw them over.

    • chill1184 - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      He could’ve went to a bank, just like the rest of us.

    • kkolchak - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      No.

  3. throughthewickets - Sep 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    As others have said, my right ankle bleeds for Curt.

    With that said, for a relatively small investment, he could always become a Quiznos franchisee.

  4. natslady - Sep 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I don’t have to watch him on TV, do I? Please tell me he’s not the “color” guy for any playoff games. Please.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Sep 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      He’s been back on ESPN for a while now. Not sure about playoff games. I will forever change the channel when I see this bloviating hypocrite on tv.

    • chill1184 - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Joe Buck, Curt Schilling or Tim McCarver take your pic

      • kkolchak - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        I choose suicide.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    It probably cost them $95 million to investigate that $75 million loan.

  6. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I have little interest in favoring Schilling or Rhode Island in this matter. I’d much prefer the Red Sox, their owners, thief payers, and their fans go away indefinitely.

    I’m much more interested if you see hypocrisy if one is a small government Keynesian versus a small government classic liberal?

  7. j0esixpack - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Schilling still seems to believe it was the Government’s responsibility to stop him from blowing through all his (and their) money at a record pace.

    THAT’s what caused his Board to consider filing for bankruptcy – something they did before the Governor knew about it, let alone uttered a word about it in public.

    If the Governor had done what Schilling wanted him to do – keep quiet about the pending bankruptcy to defraud potential investors and dupe the taxpayers into investing even MORE in Schilling’s embarrassingly poorly run company – then THAT would have been worthy of criminal charges.

    Schilling is upset that the Governor has ethics. But if Schilling wasn’t a dunce of epic proportions when it came to running a business he never would have been facing bankruptcy in the first place.

  8. 4cornersfan - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Now that Curt has been cleared of any federal wrongdoing I look forward to seeing him continue his TV career. A spot on the Fox news channel reporting fake news is a strong possibility.

  9. badintent - Sep 30, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    @4cornersfan

    You can add NPR to that fake news list , after left wingers, NBC, ABC, CBS,CNN, all controlled by liberal Jew management. I went to school with some of those vermin.All hypocrites, they want Republican big business tax cuts and deductions, but claim they are for the union man, until their Union cameramen go on strike.

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