Oh no, #Pointergate has been ‘politicized’. Mike Freeman won’t charge pointer guy Navell Gordon with robbery / felon in possession of a handgun.
Collins story suggests Freeman is now ‘embroiled’ in #Pointergate. Ya know, I suppose. And Freeman is the only one besides the Mayor who is held to ballot-box accountability, so you can assert that he’s pandering to the least electoral risk, whatever he discerns that to be. But thing is, the police referred a case to the county prosecutor’s office that is now tainted by Garcia, Delmonico, and Kohl’s Facebook stalking. It can be argued that the police and prosecution are still in pursuit of their weird vendetta, with the venue to argue at being Gordon’s trial. Yeah, airing that all out in testimony might be embarrassing to the police. But with a real defense argument there’s also a decent chance the case is lost, and Gordon is acquitted.
Lyden’s text is a bit more obtuse, with all kinds of rhetorical questions begging notions of what’s been politicized. Really, it’s not much political beyond Kohl’s original story. But with that alone, the Gordon case is a loser all the way around. So the county attorney is not being ‘political’ whatever that means, and the case is not ‘too hot’. Freeman is being practical. And he’s doing the cops a favor though they may not realize it. As for Gordon… he’s either a changed man or not, and he’ll find his destiny without the delivery of justice for this particular street robbery. I’d not worry about that.
Collins makes a remark in his comment thread about DNA on handguns constituting possession. I agree, I think this stuff is iffy. I’d bet it’s the kind of thing that’s used to cajole pleas to reduced charges more often than not. I don’t know how it stands up in court, to the extent it’s ever really asserted as evidence at trial.
The now reassigned Sgt. there, Garcia, earns $90k annually per the SPPPD public salaries database. I don’t know how they attract good candidates with pay like that.
Joe hearts tax hikes: http://www.wrywingpolitics.com/daytonomics-drags-mn-to-disastrous-3-7-unemployment-rate/ I acknowledged this before. Yes, Dayton raised taxes and things are OK. With that, a bit of a dragon is slayed. Still, he / DFL didn’t raise them much, and inasmuch as they’d like yet higher taxes on the rich just out of principle…. They’d be unable to go for that again, what with the state govt ostensibly now having ‘enough’ money. Labor market in my sector is very tight. I just applied for a straight gig and I asked for OUTRAGEOUS money. I had a number in mind, and I made myself state it, didn’t get milk toasty and water it down. They didn’t bat an eye, said that was within the hiring range. I dunno if it’s like that everywhere though. I used to know more people who were prospering in the realty / mortgage business, used to discern clearer pathways from underpaid, entry level young adult work to the kinds of jobs that could afford you a mortgage.
More examples of draft dodging by acting kooky at your draft board physical: James Fallows. Was moved to read this because he himself referenced it in a newer Atlantic piece. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2009/0911.fallows.html Previously, we discussed Bruce Springsteen and …. Ted Nugent…remember that discussion?… as those who dodged the draft by acting kooky at their draft board physical. Seems to have been a big thing at the time eh. Fallows harbors a guilty conscience, argues that with military obligation not being a collective experience, the military becomes a bit of a silo unto itself and is used malfeasantly.