Moreland Commission

There’s a pretty major flap going on, considering it’s an election year, over a temporary “independent” commission appointed by Governor Cuomo, supposedly to “root out” corruption in the State’s capital.  The commission was headed up by Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.  The commission was disbanded – some say “abruptly”, others say because it was “mission accomplished” – a month or so ago.

Last week the New York Times published a very detailed piece more or less chronicling gross interference with the independent (not) commission by the governor’s men.  This prompted a ringing defense of the commission and its independence (not) by Chairman Fitzpatrick in the form of a three page letter dated July 28th, which you can find here.

First, I encourage you to read Fitzpatrick’s letter.  Whatever its merits otherwise, it is typical DA bluster, long on rhetoric, short on specifics, and completely devoid of anything resembling reasoning.  It’s a screed from someone who seems to think that all he need do to dispose of accusations of corruption is to call them “absurd”.  Not one fact chronicled in the New York Times piece is even specifically denied, let alone refuted.

There’s a lot to say about all this, but not now.  In the meantime, it’s worth noting that some people whose opinions I respect believe this whole flap is orchestrated by the Clinton camp to damage Cuomo, a political rival for the 2016 presidential nomination.  And that may well be.  Multiple levels of perfidy and skullduggery are standard procedure in the political cesspool known as New York State.

But we’ll comment later on some larger aspects of all this, endeavoring to wed the macro to the micro, one of our favorite tasks over here at Lawyers on Strike.  We sometimes do a good job of that, and we sometimes don’t, but we do make the effort.

To be continued.

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3 responses to “Moreland Commission

  1. Venality, state and.or federal, is well organized. The nefarious elite utilizes “art of war” tactics of time delay, babbling banter obfuscating by venerate persons as corroborative. This, combined with the apathy, laxity and lack of temerity/tenacity of the victimized; serves the goals of material adverse harm – very well.

    The very fact that those embattled would even think of giving credence to “mission accomplished” and/or “its politico”; serves to prove the point.

    In our plethora of cases, upon Smoking Gun documentation of U.S. Attorney conflict of interest corrupting, the Los Angeles Public Corruption Task Force was disbanded. At the same time (reportedly) career federal prosecutors were threatened to keep their mouths shut – Or Else!

    http://articles.latimes.com/2008/mar/20/local/me-shakeup20

    Troubling matters such as these, cannot be resolved the the easily assuaged. As even weary law professors argued with me that the paltry (inane) excuse to shut down the task force – had some validity.

    USA Tom O’Brien and Acting USAG Mukasey told the press that the Public Corruption Task Force was dismantled; because there were

    no public corruption cases to prosecute!

    If you swallow that B.S. – you don’t belong here!

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  2. When I wrote my screed about the Clintons possibly setting Cuomo up, I was shooting from the hip, and Cuomo was tangential to my real interest, namely, the appearance that the Clintons were being utterly vile again in their pursuit of political power. In retrospect, I realize that I probably wouldn’t have been as charitable towards Cuomo had I been a New York voter.

    Again, probably. It’s hard to say. A big part of my disgust with Hillary Clinton is that she chose New York as her host for the most abject act of carpetbagging I’ve ever been aware of in the twenty-odd years that I’ve been following politics. One thing that can be said in Cuomo’s defense is that even if he’s a shitbag, he’s a local shitbag. This isn’t much, but when Hillary is one of the most prominent alternatives, I’m afraid it’s better than nothing.

    My parents got to vote for Cuomo, or perhaps against him if they could stomach the opposition, since they live in the Adirondacks, but as a Californian, I got to vote for Moonbeam Version 2.2. Jerry Brown is no bad seed. If leaders of his caliber were consistently what Americans got through a cryptomonarchy, I could stand a bit of constitutional monarchy. The problem is that we end up with people like Cuomo fils, who is something of a bad seed (Mario never looked venal and weaselly like his son), and often we get much worse. Whether Hillary Clinton or Andrew Cuomo is worse is arguably a matter of taste (of which there is reliably none at all in New York politics), but de facto hereditary rule seems a rather spotty way to keep the United States from being governed by total dogs.

    Meanwhile, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s live-in girlfriend, Cylvia Hayes, has recently been exposed for having once entered into a sham marriage to an Ethiopian, in which the Ethiopian received expedited permanent residency and his American betrothed received $5,000. Hayes said she was a broke student at the time and needed the money. She has also gotten the scandalmongers’ panties into a bunch on account of some business dealing in which she helped purchase land for a gray-market marijuana grow. What I can’t grok is that these scandals seem to be a bigger deal that her continued use of her title as First Lady to solicit business for a private consulting firm that she owns. The sitting governor of Oregon is cohabiting with an open influence peddler, and hardly anyone in the Democratic Party can be bothered to give a shit because he’s their boy.

    Oregon’s Republicans seem to be cleaner, but they’re no saner. Their candidate for the US Senate, Monica Wehby, is a crazed neurosurgeon who was served with restraining orders by an ex-husband and an ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend now says that he regrets calling the police on her just because she broke into his house through a back door in the midst of a post-breakup screaming fit and refused to leave.

    You can’t make this stuff up. If you think you’ve found the bottom of the abyss, you haven’t. There is no bottom.

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