Thursday, January 31, 2008

Crego Pleads

So I go out of town and Keith Crego pleads guilty to a bunch of the charges brought against him after a year-long investigation and the slaughtering of two forests for all the newsprint needed to cover his shennigans.

A coincidence? Who's to say.

But the reaction by some Penn Delco community members to the 1-2 year jail term is borderline insane.

When you get right down to it, when you add all the disgrace Crego has brought on himself to the year in jail he will do is no insufficient punishment and it fits the crimes he has pleaded to. Some people wouldn't be happy unless he had gotten 20 years in jail or maybe drawn and quartered.

More later.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Penn-Delco taxpayer and a parent and I totally agree with the comments of the people in the paper today. Let's say justice was not well served in this case. With the amount of charges this man faced he did receive a slap on the wrists as many have stated. Yes a lot of trees were cut down to cover this debacle. But in the end Crego is where he belongs. It's just a shame that he couldn't have taken a few of his buddies with him for company that is. This is justice at it's best in Delaware County. I remember reading quite a few articles that you had written on this chain of events. I doubt that the people of Penn-Delco would appreciate you calling them insane.

January 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM 
Anonymous randal said...

But the reaction by some Penn Delco community members to the 1-2 year jail term is borderline insane.

Insane is right. It is the Lib way to inject emotion into everything, even where it clearly does not belong. This it has become standard procedure anymore. Somehow it has become acceptable to introduce over-the-top emotion into everything, including places it used to be barred, like courtrooms and politics and crafting war policy. We’re seeing the Libizing of our society where shrill emotion trumps even truth, facts, logic and measured reason… and that’s never good.
Get a grip, people.

Personally, I think valuable prison space should be reserved only for the violent offenders. There are others ways to punish the white collar criminals.

January 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM 
Anonymous Proud in Chi said...

Right on, Gil!

Those Penn Delco people are INSANE, dude!

They should flush that whole place down the toilet, and all those whack jobs with it!

Tell me this, my man. If that crazy lady was so "speechless" how come she kept flapping her big mouth? DUH!

January 31, 2008 at 6:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly is wrong with you, Spencer? You spend column after column trashing people who did nothing wrong, and then you defend those who did (and admitted they did, by pleading guilty to crimes, e.g., Crego and John Green).

You just pissed away whatever shred of credibility (and there wasn't much) you still had.

January 31, 2008 at 6:29 PM 
Anonymous proud pd dad said...

Hey Proud in Chi -

How dare you join that loser Spencer in calling us nuts here in Penn Delco?

Lets see how you feel if your schools superintendent and two school board members get busted for felonies, huh?

Anyway, Chi sucks, you loser!

January 31, 2008 at 6:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People can't you see Spencer doesn't care about Penn Delco he just used our disaster to get himself read. He exploits the wrong people and he defends the wrong people because he'll say anything to get people to read his pathetic little opinion columns.

January 31, 2008 at 7:22 PM 
Anonymous randal said...

See what I mean.

January 31, 2008 at 8:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the plea deal was all about sparing former, close associates of Crego (like Barrar, Posentti, Sereni, Pilla) from embarassing (and probably disgraceful details) that would maybe come out in a trial. I think Penn-Delco residents reaction is Rage Against the Machine.

February 1, 2008 at 9:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder If Gil would have felt the same way if Crego had been a democrat

February 1, 2008 at 9:55 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crego was prosecuted by the DA's office not Gil Spencer. The DA's office has the exclusive right to prosecute and make deals as it deems fit. One year in jail is not a cakewalk and a criminal history that includes the felonies will have a serious impact on the rest of his life. For instance, he will forever be barred from owning a firearm.

Anyone who is pissed about the sentence (or lack thereof) should call or email the District Attorney. The people can hold the DA accountable at the ballot box (although he just got reelected).

February 1, 2008 at 11:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In politics they do not throw the book at one of their own when caught just a fact of life different rules for them and the rest of the people

February 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM 
Blogger Franny Ward said...

I am quite happy that Crego will be spending this summer up at the Geo Group. A year is better than what the guidelines called for. He was lucky. I wonder - Will Charlie Sexton will be paying him a visit?

February 1, 2008 at 11:47 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

So much anger, too little common sense. As usual a little perspective is in order.

One to two years in prison (it'll be one presuming Mr. Crego can keep from harassing his former girlfriend from the confines of jail) is nothing to sneeze at.

As I said he has disgraced himself, been run out of local politics, lost his job, family, and standing in the community. He has brought all this on himself and in a very public way.

Despite his shenanigans, the Penn Delco school system remains reasonably intact. Teachers do their jobs, kids get educated (more or less) life goes on.

The political intrigues surrounding the board will continue. With that cast of characters how can it not?

We still might not have heard the end of all this.

Crego, no doubt, knows where a few more bodies are buried. And talk about a loose cannon.

A trial would have been entertaining but the criminal justice system doesn't exist to provide entertainment. It exists to dispense some sort of justice.

I would ask all those who are "outraged" by the plea agreement and jail term this:

What do you think would have been an appropriate sentence for Keith Crego's crimes against the taxpayers and residents of Penn Delco?

February 1, 2008 at 11:47 AM 
Anonymous Jeremy19015 said...

Hey Anonymous February 1 9:08 am -

If you're going to go off on that theory, why don't you include people like Penn Delco Chief Financial Officer John Steffy in your list of people this plea deal with Crego allegedly protected?

None of those other people have been charged with anything.

But is it true that John Steffy cut an immunity deal with the DA so that he would not be investigated or charged?

Spencer, answer that question!

February 1, 2008 at 11:50 AM 
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February 1, 2008 at 4:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So so much is being hidden. Another school board member resigns. Why? Something is seriously wrong. The residence need to pull together and conduct their own investigation into what is being hidden. Many heads together comparing information can lead to a lot and will fit the missing pieces.

Look at all the money we still have to put out for water because monies were mishandled in regards to the Sewer Plant. Look at all the monies mishandled in Chicago and with the Educational fund, plus all the other things we don’t know about yet.

They don’t care about anybody outside the political realm. They take care of each other and that’s why they pull their weight around within the school district with their employees and with the residence at the school board meetings. You can talk until your face turns blue.

February 2, 2008 at 11:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the last poster: you make very good points. Unfortunately, so you remember what Gil and the residents did to the last person who suggested an internal investigation of the school board?

They practically flayed the former solicitor for recommending independent counsel come in and find out what was going on. Yeah, that was good judgment.

February 4, 2008 at 10:13 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want to talk about insane reactions? Why don't you comment on the crybaby who wrote his whiny letter to the editor about how the new Penn Delco school board president is --boo hoo! - rude to the residents who take an hour each to make their point at the podium and who think they should have unfettered right to bully the school board with their righteous indignation for hours every public meeting? Talk about ridiculous. What is wrong with those people? Is it something in the water?

February 4, 2008 at 5:00 PM 
Anonymous pdwatchdog said...

Gil's not going to write anything negative about that cry baby John Volpe.

They're best buddies.

At one school board meeting, Gil actually wrote out and handed a question to John for John to ask during the public comment session. John thought that was just so cool!

Hmmm, I wonder who helped John write his whiny letter to the editor?

February 4, 2008 at 10:46 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...


You're barking up the wrong tree. I never wrote out a question for John Volpe (or anyone else) to ask anyone.

I don't know where you came up with that. But if you're going to be a "watchdog," (Yorkie?) you should try to keep the yipping to a minimum.

February 5, 2008 at 9:48 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Dishonesty. Another Hurt Feelings Liberal trait...

February 5, 2008 at 11:02 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't blame watchdog for thinking you would do something like that Mr. Spencer. You have been abusing your position in the media as an excuse for telling people how to think for a long time. What criminals should be treated strictly or not, for example. Unfortunately, your judgment is poor to say the least and you managed to find a following of people in Penn Delco to stupid to know better than to listen to you.

February 5, 2008 at 2:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous who posted right before this post:

Wow, you are an idiot. How does a journalist abuse their position? If you don't agree with what Gil writes then right a rebuttal. To follow your logic, I am assuming that you would like fair journalism, sort of like a Fairness Doctrine, or some other vehicle to stifle speech or the press. I know a lawyer who can school you on the First Amendment. If you are interested I will give you his contact information.

And by the way, what are your credentials to be passing an opinion on any of these speech/press issues?

February 5, 2008 at 2:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear last poster: Try to unbunch your panties. I never questioned the right of freedom to speech, simply Gil's twisted perspective and the stupidity of his Penn Delco followers, of which you are clearly one.

February 5, 2008 at 3:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crego's sentence was realistic, he didn't kill anybody. He got jail time and his reputation and career are good and ruined. I agree the Aston people are nuts. They keep on milking this whole thing as an excuse for shooting off their mouth.

February 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Spencer:

I agree with you about the reaction to Crego's sentence, but I really don't think it's right for you to call the Penn Delco residents borderline insane for feeling different about it.

I also have to tell you that I don't think you should try to make PDWatchdog look like a liar about saying that you fed John Volpe a question to ask at a school board meeting. I saw that with my own eyes, and I'm pretty sure that John would be the first to admit it, because he seemed pretty proud about the whole thing.

Hope you don't mind my friendly thoughts. Take good care.

February 5, 2008 at 6:03 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Your own eyes huh? And who would they belong to?

Whatever you saw, you misunderstood or misinterpreted it.
Go ask Volpe if you're so interested.

February 5, 2008 at 8:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So as the song goes, we should believe you, and not our "lying" eyes?

Yes, well.

February 8, 2008 at 7:37 AM 

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