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The future of Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi’s weekly radio show on WIBC-FM 93.1 is uncertain following accusations that have led Republican party leaders to call for his resignation.

Brizzi has not hosted his "Crime Beat" show in three weeks, due to a scheduled spring hiatus, said Charlie Morgan, local market manager for Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. But station officials are expected to talk with the prosecutor this week to determine whether to continue the show that airs from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

They say Brizzi needs to address the issues on his show that have prompted Marion County Republican Party Chairman Tom John and Mark Massa, the Republican candidate for prosecutor, to request he step down in the wake of a five-month-long IBJ investigation into Brizzi’s business dealings while in office.

“If he’s not comfortable with that, we’re not going to force him to do it,” Morgan said.

IBJ on April 3 exclusively reported that Brizzi insisted on a plea deal for accused drug dealer Joseph Mobareki that would be acceptable to defense attorney Paul J. Page, despite objections from both law-enforcement officers and his own deputy prosecutors. Brizzi also directed his staff to return $10,000 in cash seized from Mobareki.

A year earlier, Page had arranged for Brizzi to own 50 percent of an Elkhart office building worth $900,000 without investing any cash or co-signing a loan.

Brizzi, a Republican in his second four-year term, has said he has no plans to resign.

Brizzi appeared April 13 on the WIBC morning show and was questioned by host Steve Simpson about the accusations. Because he’s already addressed the charges on air, Brizzi might be more willing to discuss them on his own show, Morgan said.

“He can’t completely ignore the questions,” Morgan said.

Brizzi could be absent from the show for a month, if he needs additional time to address the accusations, said Morgan, noting he and WIBC are pleased with the show.

“I think Carl is a very good radio host,” he said. “I think he’s got some good, natural talents.”

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  • legality
    It remains to be seen what the final outcome of the SEC investigation is. Do not be surprised if Carl is charged with insider trading.

    He isn't out of the woods yet in my opinion.
  • on the fence
    Well said Jon. If I wasn't sure which way to go on this, your comments helped clarify & clear the air.

    MM
  • Carl sighting?
    look familiar, Carl?

    Do you think it's appropriate to fly out to California to meet with a suspect right smack dab in the middle of one of the largest ponzi scheme investigations in US History?

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=us&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=37.857507,-92.724609&spn=33.521417,82.265625&z=4&om=1
  • "Insider Trading with Carl Brizzi"
    should be the name of the new show. Carl can discuss how he got so spectacularly lucky to purchase a massive amount of shares of Dallas-based Cellstar (a penny stock) right before Brightpoint bought then!

    Then he can discuss how he just guessed to locate a building in Elkhart, Indiana just in time to conveniently ink a big time long-term contract with Indiana's Child Care Services, with NO MONEY DOWN! And no name signed to any liabilities like a mortgage, you know those pesky little things the rest of us have.

    And for a guest spot Carl will introduce his mentors, Tim Durham and Jim Cochran and Daniel Laikin!
  • Credibility
    It is difficult for most to sort through each of the incidents and most will not be abel to get all of the facts, but I am confident that the IBJ and the Indy Star have some journalist integrity, so the facts are somewhat accurate and Mr. Brizzi has confirmed that he was personally involved and in hindsight should have reclused himself from involvemnt in these cases. While not illegal, poor judgement demonstrates to me he should no longer be the Prsecutor. Lack of Credibility and possible assistance to felons is not what we need in the office. Certainly not meeting our expectations and poor perfomance can get you fired in the private sector and should happen in the public sector.
    • Keep it going
      In most states you are innocent until proven guilty by a court, not by the media. Brizzi's show is very informing, with interesting guests and topics, and information we can all use. The show is not about politics or his political or his personal views. Charlie Morgan, keep the show going for the right reasons.
    • finally...
      I knew this guy would hoisted on his own "Jean Luke Piccard" someday. If IBC knows what is good for it they will cast him out like a mouthful of sour milk. But, then tier decisions in recent days have been, shall we say, less than intelligent. I just recall his slimey "fmaily" commercial from the last election... gotto know this one is a creep.
    • Note to self...
      Waste no time listening to WIBC on Saturday's from 3-5.

      Or if Carl (Sticky Fingers) Brizzi is a host..EVER.

      That station continues to swirl around the bowl. What a shame.
    • Time to go both man and show
      Time for Brizzi to leave office. This guy should have no air time whether of plead his case or otherwise. There are others who can perform for the show other than a man of such dubious standing. It is time for Indianapolis to close the door on this Brizzi guy.

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