Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ronnie Earle, Tom DeLay, and Vince Biskupic.

Well Ronnie Earle got his indictment. Its not like he has never gotten one before against a politician he was after. He got an indictment of Kay Bailey Hutchinson some years ago and it amounted to very little.

Byron York wrote an article for National Review Online last June where he talks about Ronnie Earle how he is not the cleanest whistle either.

A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, last September indicted eight corporations in connection with the DeLay investigation. All were charged with making illegal contributions (Texas law forbids corporate giving to political campaigns). Since then, however, Earle has agreed to dismiss charges against four of the companies - retail giant Sears, the restaurant chain Cracker Barrel, the Internet company Questerra, and the collection company Diversified Collection Services - after the companies pledged to contribute to a program designed to publicize Earle's belief that corporate involvement in politics is harmful to American democracy.
Source: National Review Online Byron York - "Dollars for Dismissals" The prosecutor in the DeLay case dropped charges in exchange for cash to pet cause.

How very interesting. Those of you familiar with the 2002 Wisconsin elections may be (should be) familiar with the case of Vince Biskupic failed candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General. Of course the left in the State was all worked up over this case not just before the election but for quite a bit afterwards too.

By signing a secret agreement to "donate" $5,000 to police and court programs "as a sign of remorse," Banks, a machinist, bought his way out of being charged with a felony in 1996, according to public documents obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal. Eight others involved in the case were charged with felony perjury and convicted of felony and misdemeanor offenses for helping an Appleton man conceal $75,000 in lottery winnings in a divorce case.
Source: - Justice for Sale

Read the whole of both articles.

In the end Vince Biskupic was never reprimanded for the charges, even a state ethics boards did not do so. I know Vince and he is a good man. The problem here is Vince was raked over the coals for arranging pre-trial deals where the defendants came out worse financially than if they would have been convicted (and of course the county would be worse off too) and groups working to prevent crime were better off. Now Ronnie Earle engages in much more egregious examples of the behavior and nary a word is said.

Search for "Vince Biskupic" and contribution at Truth in Justice and do the same for "Ronnie Earle" and contribution. Why the difference?