I would remind people that a state prosecution into wrongdoing at DMR involves a two step process:
- Investigation by investigative agency, in the case of a State Agency like DMR that would be the Office of the State Auditor and,
- The State Attorney General and/or local District Attorney receiving referral and taking this referral to the grand jury for indictment and prosecution.
Another way of looking at this would be to examine the opposite because logic tells us the opposite is also implied thus some who committed a crime could avoid prosecution:
- By a botched investigation and,
- By the prosecutor refusing an otherwise good case
For reasons why the opposite should be considered, I recommend Hanlon’s Razor as a starting point for the subsequent analysis.
Now what does this have to do with the post title? Everything folks. You see I have this source up on High Street that is not inside state government but, just like one of the people that form the composite source called The Wino of Lafayette Square they may happen to eat breakfast or lunch at the right place and overhear things. Braggadocious is not too strong a word to use with certain members of the political class. It is a well known fact of the human condition that people like to talk, especially about themselves, their work, their families etc etc.
So, back to the post title. I’m not casting blame at anyone in particular but I did write this back in the day when the scandal at DMR was young:
If this had been a school secretary embezzling a few thousand dollars from the Student Activity Fund or a secretary at (insert name of state agency) doing same that person would be, at the minimum put on a leave of absence while the investigation sorted all the dirty deeds out. If you are a political appointee of Bryant on the other hand you get to keep your job and search for a graceful exit.
For now that is as detailed as I’ll take this topic. In the case of DMR the local District Attorneys would be responsible for prosecution of the fruit of Auditor Pickering’s Investigation.