Friday, November 17, 2006

Who's paying the lawyers?

If a public servant breaks the law while abusing her power, should the public pay for the attorney who saves her from accountability for that abuse?

If so, is it still OK if the money goes to her husband’s law firm? It is a large amount of money; an amount so indefensible that it must be kept secret; even in response to a public records request.

May the public expect that their taxes be spent in a manner that supports the public interest?

If public assets are spent to advance a personal agenda at the expense of the public interest; the law has been broken. Hasn’t it?

Which brings us back the fact that these people cannot be held accountable to any meaningful standard of conduct. They cannot be held accountable even to the lowest standard of acceptable conduct; the law.

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