Thursday, July 28, 2005


Attorney spin on Taft

Dispatch reporter Alan Johnson ought to know better than to listen to defense attorney Bill Meeks's sputterings. This is utter bullshit:
While Taft isn’t facing capital punishment, if it is found that he knowingly filed false financial-disclosure statements, he faces up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both for each violation. Since each admission could constitute two violations — one for failure to disclose, the other for filing a false report — misdemeanors could stack up quickly. "Knowingly" is the key word. Investigators would have to prove that the governor intentionally failed to disclose events he knew should have been reported, often a tough case to make.
C'mon. This is Meeks desperately trying to put a happy face on a cow patty.

There is only two interpretations of "knowlingly" at play here.

The first is whether Taft "knew" golf and other outings were significant gifts and had to be reported (and by the way, we keep hearing it's more than just golfing). Given the Frenette- Tongren-Fisher-Zomparelli cases, the prosecutors in their sleep could show that Taft crossed that hurdle.

The second is whether Taft "knew" he was comp'ed for the outings. Here Johnson is totally wrong because this isn't something that is prosecutors job to prove - that's soley Taft's problem to keep track of. That's why competent elected officials have executive assistants that hound them for receipts, records, etc. Saying, "I didn't know Longaberger paid for my green fees," will not help his case and Meeks knows it.


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