Luzerne County Courthouse News 7 Aug 1991
Corbett didn't violate perjury laws, Sarcione, Cohen claim WILKES-BARRE WILKES-BARRE WILKES-BARRE Times Leader reporter Steve Corbett did not violate a perjury statute and a printed transcript of a taped conversation conversation substantiates his testimony testimony presented at the murder trial of Dr. E. Glen Wolseiffer. That seemed to be the consensus consensus of a representative from the state attorney general's office, Luzerne County District Attorney Jerome Cohen and police investigators, investigators, following a closed-door closed-door closed-door conference in Cohen's office Tuesday. Deputy Attorney General Anthony Anthony Sarcione, who served as a specially appointed district attorney attorney in the case, stated that those involved in the case's investigation investigation believe that a taped conversation between Corbett and Wolseiffer in no way affects the dentist's guilty verdict in the case. The prosecuting attorneys said that an investigation into the matter matter of possible wiretapping will continue. The statute of limitations limitations will have a bearing. Wolseiffer was convicted in November 1990 of third degree murder in the strangulation death of his wife, Betty, Aug. 30, 1986 in the family home in South Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes-Barre. Wolseiffer was arrested arrested at his Falls Church, Va. home. He is free on $300,000 bail pending appeals. Corbett testified at the trial that he did not tape conversations with Wolseiffer but took notes. Corbett told Sarcione on July 25 that he did in fact tape a conversation with Wolseiifer in early 1989. This led to two columns in the Times Leader. Sarcione told members of the news media Tuesday that no one on the prosection team knew anything anything about the tape of the conversation. conversation. In fact, Assistant District Attorney Attorney William Keller said Corbett Corbett refused a number of times to confer with prosecutors in the case. "He would not confer, even through legal cousel," Keller said. Sarcione repeated several times that Wolseiffer said to Crobett a taped conversation "has no impact impact on the verdict" in this case. "Corbett, as a matter of law, did not commit perjury," said Sarcione. He said that what Corbett Corbett said on the witness stand is what was said in the conversation with Wolseiffer. Sarcione said he has not heard the tape of the conversation which currently is being held by Judge Gifford Cappelini, who presided in the case. Cohen agreed that Corbett did not violate state laws against perjury, perjury, and said he has asked investigating investigating officers in the case to "look into the wire tapping aspect." Cohen made it clear there is question about the statute of limitations. limitations. This could involve more than one time period, he said. TIGHTROPE THRILLS NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Charles Blondin, a French acrobat acrobat and tightrope walker, astounded astounded a crowd of 25,000 persons persons here on June 30, 1859, by crossing the falls on a tightrope in five minutes. Four days later, he crossed blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow, and on Aug. 19 he carried a man over on his back.