Sunday, November 7, 2010

Where's my pitchfork?

Want to know how low the American justice system has sunk? Wonder if the courts will provide a bulwark against the malefactors of great wealth? Snicker, snicker. One system for them, another for the rest of us. Be horrified by this story of a Colorado DA from the Daily Mail of the UK:
A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardise his job, it has been revealed.Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, was set to face felony charges for running over a doctor who he hit from behind in his 2010 Mercedes Benz, and then speeding off.

Read the entire enraging story here.
And for an extra cringe, from the Web site of the prosecuting atty who didn't press felony charges:
As an experienced prosecutor, Mark [Hurlbert] knows it is important not to simply secure convictions, but to seek justice. He makes victims a priority and is dedicated to providing victims a strong voice in the justice system. ...
I don't suppose disbarment is possible here for this DA, but it should be.


Edith Ann said...

Sadly there are no guarantees that the 'justice' a DA seeks is the 'justice' the victims is looking for.

This guy is despicable and I would find it quite fitting if his company were to fire him for his ethics, but it is those ethics that probably got him the job with Morgan Stanley, shyst-y as those ethics may be.

The comments were interesting with the one pondering how much Morgan Stanley donated to the re-election fund...

Sugar Magnolia said...

I concur with Edith Ann, but your small article just reinforces something completely off topic that I have been thinking about.

How I do wish you were still writing for the VicAd, or any paper that would be worthy of your skills. You say more in two paragraphs than those amateurish "reporters" in our local paper could convey in half a page. Your recaps and comments are concise, spot-on, and intelligently put forth. It's too bad that papers are losing writers such as yourself on a daily basis here lately, only to be replaced by junior high school-quality wanna-be "journalists" that cannot form a proper sentence, much less understand proper structure, punctuation, usage, and spelling.

I suppose these things just aren't as important in the schools anymore as they once were. But heaven forbid we should EVER give short shrift to the athletic programs, or deprive the precious little dance teams.

Thanks, Loon. I feel better now that I have gotten that off my chest. Completely off subject, yes, but truthful nonetheless.

The Loon said...

EA - If I were a constituent of this DA, I'd be looking into recall procedures or trying to hustle up someone to run against him next election.
SM - Thank you for kind comments. I miss writing and go through life seeing stories I'd love to write. The most important thing to newspapers nowadays is reporters who are willing to work for very low wages. The papers don't care about writing skills; as a matter of fact, a great many editors can't tell the difference between good and bad writing, being indifferent writers themselves. The Vicad has lost a bunch of good staffers and the paper reflects that loss.

Edith Ann said...

The problem with incompetent
DAs is they are practically bullet-proof. Only a couple of options, very hard to execute. As to voting them out--we would have a better chance of voting out the bad ones if they were not tied to a political party. Straight party voters are responsible for so much of what is wrong in government--on both sides.

As to journalists---yeah, we are seeing the outcome of going bargain basement. Today's Advocast is an exception, though. The intern, ? Vidales, has done a beautiful job of capturing the excitement of the first Victoria East-Victoria West game. Check it out. She's good. She'll probably be gone soon.

Sugar, it absolutely is a money thing. And we know the Advocate depends on the reader to alert to stories (10:00 am meeting every day; editor on Facebook)and then to proof the stories once the hit online. I don't really know what the reporters do all day...

Truth Ferret said...

EdithAnn, as far as what the people who pick up a paycheck from the local paper do all day: They are trying to sober up from their "research" for their fluff pieces (Aprill) or shining up the rear of Cobbler so that he's more kissable.