The Cahill jury is out for the weekend after four days chewing on this thing. All I know is what I’ve read in the papers, which means shit, but, if the jury follows the letter of the law they will come back with guilties.
However, the jury also knows that if they follow the letter of the law than any elected official with a budget and discretion can be found guilty at anytime for allowing political influences to affect expenditures. Hiring decisions alone could get a guy life with “on and after” years.
The law, passed in haste last year as a knee jerk reaction to Sal DiMasi coupled with the unbending rule of not slowing down the casino bill, is vague and overly broad. A Cahill conviction could be vacated on appeal.
As that’s going on Carmen Ortiz has been zealously investigating legislators from both branches for recommending jobs for people who may have or may not have donated to their campaigns.
Based on legal fees reported in campaign finance reports and other indicators it is widely believed that Senate President Murray and Speaker Deleo’s lawyers are fighting hard to keep them from being indicted. No secret there.
The probation investigation has been criticized for being a product of an unsavory symbiosis between the SJC, the Boston Globe, and ultimately the over ambitious yet incompetent U.S. attorney Carmen Ortiz.
Former U.S. attorney and moderate Republican governor Bill Weld came out swinging calling both the Cahill and probation indictments/investigations chicken shit at best.
Wouldn’t Weld be a great candidate for governor next go around? Have you seen who the governor of California is lately? Talk about a time warp.
Meanwhile today’s daily dose from Matt Connolly’s Whitey Bulger’s trial blog brought up yet another of too many smelly things going on during the pre-trial farce happening at the Moakley Courthouse.
Four days to impanel a jury? Judge Richard “Friendly” Stearns’ change of mind regarding issues of law and fact resulting in the credibility of his former colleagues not coming into question?
As this is happening our governor, the former high-up in the U.S. Justice Department and widely speculated to be the next United States Attorney General, makes sure he gets Terry Murray and Bob DeLeo (see above) alone in a room (he cleared out the few aides who also attend the weekly private meetings) and more or less asked them to consider getting on board the gubernatorial campaign ship for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz (see above).
That’s Boardwalk Empire script stuff.
Couldn’t what Deval did be construed as him acting as Carmen Ortiz’s bagman?
(“You know, the U.S. Attorney Office’s in Boston is under staffed. Too many files and too few soldiers. So its only natural for resources to be allocated away from friends.Anyway, she’s OK with me and I think you both would be doing yourselves a favor if you had a sit down with her.”)
Seriously. Keep the facts as is and change the names to Speaker Jay Kaufman, Senate President Jamie Eldridge, Governor Steve Lynch and U.S. Attorney Jack Hart.
I would love to see what the Globe would do with a cast of characters like that.
Wait, is it a country of laws not men or men not laws? It must be “men not laws”. Right?
Add in the well known facts that on top of potential A.G. job, Deval and the President are Chicago buds, the national Dems and national party have been choosing our candidates as of late, the Globe has been touting her, and she was appointed by the Prez to her current post.
Meanwhile, the anointed Carmen Ortiz is trying to convince a federal magistrate to imagine with her and believe that a motel owner in Tewksbury is a bad man and his mortgage free three million dollar piece of property should be hers, I mean the government’s.
And Carmen proudly announces today that her office leads the country in civil forfeiture.
Any bells going off here people? Like Annie Dookhan type bells.
Is the U.S. Attorney waiting for the Cahill verdict before deciding who else, if anyone, will be indicted and for which crimes?
Has the U.S. Attorney found herself cornered legally and politically? (although politics shouldn’t play a part in her office) Many legal experts are telling her the cases she is trying to make out of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning piece of propaganda aimed toward aiding the SJC in taking over the Probation Department and the jobs that go with it won’t work.
Well actually she isn’t cornered legally. She doesn’t have to indict. No big deal. Happens everyday. Nothing bad about it. Part of the job. Another day at the office. Part of the daily grind.
So it must be political. And it could backfire and kill her chances for the corner office. That’s not good.
Because the President and the Globe want her to be our next governor. That’s why?
So really, with all this going on and with his background and experience what the fuck was Deval thinking when he launched this stun grenade at the super “private” meeting with Murray and DeLeo?
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