Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Courier-Journal flaunts its hypocrisy

In an editorial in today's Courier-Journal, the noted liberal newspaper quotes Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird" thusly:

"A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up."

The C-J uses that quote to comment on the recently erupted controversy in Jefferson County over people failing to show up for jury duty, but we think it could be more aptly applied to the grand jury that indicted Gov. Fletcher and other members of his adminstration in the personnel probe.

No one, except this blog, has ever probed the financial conflict of interest that existed with state employees, who failed to receive 5 percent annual pay raises under this administration, indicting officials responsible for those policies.

The forewoman of the grand jury, Rachel Auxier, lost somewhere between $12,000 and $16,000 because she didn't get four years worth of 5 percent raises, and we know there were several other state employees on that grand jury whose names we have not yet revealed. (Key word yet.)

We know that C-J reporters read this blog. It was quoted in one of their stories. So the C-J is most definitely aware of the financial conflicts of interest that compromised the grand jury's objectivity.

If a jury is only as sound as the people who comprise it, as the C-J indicates it believes by using the quote above, then the C-J is inadvertently admitting that the grand jury that returned indictments against Fletcher and others in his administration was fatally flawed and its integrity compromised beyond repair.

If the state's liberal media is going to go to pieces over Fletcher appointing a contributor to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, where's the outrage over people who were impacted financially by the state's increment policies having the ability to levy criminal charges against those responsible for the policies?


At 5:28 PM, July 24, 2007, Anonymous smartRepub said...

So you are questioning the integrity of the American jury system? I doubt very seriously if you would have a problem with a Grand Jury's findings if it provided results supportive of Mr. Fletcher. You and your ilk are a disgrace to the Republican Party and the American system of justiceā€¦

At 10:33 PM, July 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes lots of sense to me. The CJ is one of the most hypocritical papers in the nation. smartrepub refuses to face reality. The argument is not whether or not the verdict was in anyone's favor or not. We must question the juror's objectivity in this farce of a trial. Mr. Stumbo knew what he was doing and you are not smart enough to notice he played you.

At 9:43 AM, July 25, 2007, Anonymous K-Pac 2 said...

It's not the integrity of the American jury system that's being criticized here. It's the composition and acts of this one particular grand jury. All the insiders in Frankfort knew the fix was in on this one, yet there was little they could say or do about it. It's not kosher to criticize the American jury system. Stan Cave made a comment or two about the makeup of the grand jury, but that was the extent of the public criticism. Privately, however, the governor and his associates will say pretty much the same thing we've said here.

And "smartrepub," there was never any danger of this particular grand jury being supportive of Fletcher. As we said, the fix was in. That's why, to anyone who really knows what went on, the indictments are bogus and without merit. But to the Fletcher-hating press and to the thousands of Kentuckians who didn't know what really happened and only know what they saw in the papers, GASP!!!!! THE GOVERNOR WAS INDICTED!!!!!!

Those indictments were about as legitimate as a three dollar bill.

At 8:11 PM, July 25, 2007, Anonymous smartRepub said...

Fact 1: "Stan Cave made a comment or two about the makeup of the grand jury" makes my point on your bias.

Fact 2: Fletcher admitted wrongdoing in his settlement on the merit charges.

I only deal in facts while you deal in bigotry and prejudice.

So why don't you "cry me a river..."

At 11:00 AM, July 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fletcher admitted to "strong evidence of wrongdoing" within his administration.

He did NOT admit to criminal conduct, either personally or by anyone in his administration.

There is a difference between 'wrongdoing" and "criminal conduct."

Besides, those were just words on a piece of paper. Fletcher would have been crazy not to take the offer and sign off on whatever verbiage was put forward to end the witchhunt, whether he truly believed it or not.

Don't you think that Stumbo would have continued to pursue the criminal case if he thought he had a prayer? Stumbo knew he couldn't prove criminality on the part of Fletcher so he dismissed the case.

But the truth is that Stumbo never really wanted a criminal conviction. The indictment was all he needed to achieve his desired goal of politically damaging the governor.

If you continue to believe the tripe Stumbo and his office have put forth since the investigation began, you aren't as smart of a repub as you claim to be. The biggest shame in all of this is the number of Republicans who believed Greg Stumbo over Ernie Fletcher.

For the record, Cave's comments were that a grand jury made up of a bunch of Democrats couldn't impartially hear charges of political discrimination against fellow Democrats. That doesn't prove anything. I'm glad this blog's here. These guys (and/or gals) are the only ones who are telling the truth and saying what the press won't print.


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