Last week was Peace Officers' Memorial Week. Friday the local P.D. held a beautiful service in remembrance of fallen officers nationwide, and specifically our county. I got teary-eyed more than once, but I usually do just by hearing the Star Spangled Banner.
I should have posted this a couple weeks ago, but it's been crazy around here... so you get it now.
Some of you may remember when I wrote about our D.A. indicting our Police Chief, Mayor, City Attorney, and a Police Sergeant on fabricated charges, because they were trying to expose corruption in his office. He had selected as his Chief of Staff a man who had (allegedly) sexually assaulted a teenage boy. He and his Chief of Staff were trying to sweep the case under the rug, from what it looks like to me and many others around here.
Well, after many courtroom shenanigans, public attacks of character, and lots of other drama (on the part of the D.A.) the Police Chief got his day in court recently.
The D.A. had delayed the trial a few times, so it's been too long in coming. The right to a speedy trial apparently doesn't count much with him, but I digress.
Anyway, the judge was only supposed to set a trial date. Instead, he DISMISSED ALL CHARGES!!! Not only that, but he informed the D.A. that he is NOT allowed to continue any investigations into the chief. He is NOT allowed to bring this matter before a grand jury again. He's been shopping grand juries for almost two years now, trying to convince one that he had a case against the Chief. The Chief said he felt like he went to the grocery store to buy milk and won the lottery instead. The reason the judge made such a harsh decision against the D.A.?
HE VIOLATED THE CHIEF'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!!!
Our criminal District Attorney, SUPPOSEDLY knowledgeable of the law, violated his civil rights.
The other men's court date hasn't come up, yet. Hopefully they'll get the same results.