Political Expediency

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Politics

Political Expediency

~ Sweet Old Bob

Sunday, September 12, 2010

All we need is a prosecutor that decides who he will prosecute based on the whims of political winds. The article in today’s edition of The Kitsap Sun is headlined “Backlash From Gun-Club Suit Could Decide Prosecutor Race”. The following is my case against using this incident against our incumbent Prosecutor, Russ Hauge.

A perfect example of how justice can be subverted by a prosecutor’s office that cringes at the thought of denying prosecuting cases based on flimsy and trumped up evidence is Douglas County when the cases brought to its attention detailed in the series of articles anyone can read by Googling The Power to Harm. When the truth finally saw the light of day the local law enforcement officials, supported by the prosecutor’s office and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, everybody including the ACLU was embarrassed by the debacle. Indeed, the first time I saw any mention of it was in a small article in a national news magazine. When I read it I couldn’t believe this was going on in our country; but it was.

Since then I have seen other examples like the one where the prosecutor ended up being prosecuted for what he tried to do to the Duke University. Some of the details of the case are in an article written by David Leyton, Genesee County Prosecutor – follow the URL http://www.co.genesee.mi.us/prosecutors/News%20Ethical%20Prosecution.htm to read about it. The actual case brought against the prosecutor is detailed in the complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina No. 07-739: David F. Evans; Collin Finnerty; and Reade Seligmann, Plaintiffs, v. The city of Durham, North Carolina; Michael B. Nifong; Mark Gottlieb; Benjamin Himan; David Addison; Linwood Wilson; Steven Chalmers; Beverly Council; Ronald Hodge; Jeff Lamb; Stephen Mihaich; Michael Ripberger; Lee Russ; DNA Security, Inc.; Richard Clark; and Brian Meehan, Defendants.

In an article I read about the case the writer made the point that these cases of prosecutorial misconduct aren’t all that uncommon; what was uncommon was the action brought against the prosecutor. Almost never has a case been brought against the prosecutor for such egregious cases.

The fact, reported in the article in The Sun, that our prosecutor ignored political expediency and brought the case forward even though it “`could not have come at a worse time’ politically”. “…he added that investigators have tried to get access to the site for `a period of years,’ and that evidence emerged recently that made urgent the need to immediately file the suit.” This is yet another example of Profiles in Courage for Our Times[1].


[1] The book by this name was written by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of J. F. K. whose original book “Profiles in Courage” garnered a Pulitzer Prize and probably was arguably responsible for his election to the Presidency.


[1] The book by this name was written by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of J. F. K. whose original book “Profiles in Courage” garnered a Pulitzer Prize and probably was arguably responsible for his election to the Presidency.

 
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