The case even includes sensational allegations of forged documents, stemming from accusations that Capps’ District Director Mollie Culver forged official VA forms to get Morua into a treatment facility, in order to avoid jail time for him.
The stench of corruption surrounding the case has gotten so strong that the Dies family is asking Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley to allow a special federal prosecutor to get to the bottom of the growing scandal. Dudley is considered so close to Capps that she may be unable to investigate the case thoroughly, and without favor, to the congresswoman.
Since last Wednesday, the Dies family has gathered nearly 1,000 names on a petition to have an independent probe.
The facts, as uncovered by Peter Lance, show that Morua downed eight drinks in the space of five hours, and got into his Dodge Caliber with a blood alcohol level of .17—more than twice the legal limit—only to strike and kill Mallory Rae Dies as she was crossing the street in a legal crosswalk.
Because the death occurred after he attended a holiday party for Capps last December, Lance says that the Capps’ office seemed to accept responsibility, at least in part, by arranging to get Morua into a VA treatment facility. But after Morua took personal responsibility for the crime and pled guilty, Capps’ office claimed he wasn’t working for her the night of the murder. This change in approach was made in order to avoid the prospect of the congresswoman being sued to recover the costs of the medical bills for the Dies family. Morua faces 20 years to life in prison when he is sentenced.
The decision by the Office of General Counsel to take Capps’ side in the legal dispute does not mean that the congresswoman is off the hook, however. Indeed, the denial of the legal claim by that office has led to a full-fledged lawsuit against Capps, Morua, and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lance counts three cover-ups: (1) an ongoing cover-up by Capps herself who, as the person in charge of her office, hired Morua and supervised his actions; (2) stonewalling now by the VA, which was involved in the initial scheme to get Morua out of jail and into a VA-funded treatment facility, and (3) interference in the case by a lawyer from the U.S. House’s Office of General Counsel, who allegedly tried to tamper with evidence.
While outside media interest is starting to build, Lance tells Accuracy in Media that there has been surprisingly little national attention for his explosive findings.
This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.
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