Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Let's try this again

Yesterday, I was moaning and groaning about the news, but most of my irritants were removed during the day. Apparently, I had inflated the number of reserve officers (the actual number will be 10-15, rather than 40), and in other Bexley PD news, City Council voted to pursue LEED certification for the new station, bringing Earth Day up off the mat. The media returned its focus to Gutierrez and Stankoski rather than Marc Dann and Utovich, and Pennsylvania... The complete and utter predictability of both the events and the coverage allowed me to ignore anything said after 9:30pm.

A good night's rest and then...

I read the latest AG office story. Gutierrez won't be facing criminal charges. Some see this as a sign that there's no real scandal, some see it as a wider spread to the cover-up. It's pretty patently neither. Imagine for a second that an intoxicated woman undid two of her own buttons to make herself more comfortable while in a semi-conscious state. A guy walks in, tries to wake up the passed-out woman in his bed, fails, says hell with it, and strips to his boxers as he does every night and goes to sleep on the other side of his own bed. Woman wakes up with buttons undone, boss in underwear, and no memory of either event occurring. Is that what happened? Probably not. Is it plausible enough to get an acquittal? I think so. As far as I know, that wipes out the extent of the evidence that a crime was committed in the condo.

So, game over, right?

The basic accusation remains:

"Both of these women felt that they were put in a situation where they were dealing with very powerful men that could affect their jobs, that scared them," Elliott said. "They did everything they possibly could to fend off these advances."

Both women have filed complaints with the office and both were interviewed Monday, separately, for nearly three hours each by investigators with the attorney general's office. They have also filed federal complaints.

Elliott said they would have come forward sooner but were embarrassed, feared retaliation, and had hoped the behavior would stop if they ignored Gutierrez.

The fact that no physical contact can be proved does nothing to explain how one of Gutierrez's subordinates ended up drunk, nervous, and passed out in his bed. And it doesn't explain what the NCAA refers to as "a lack of institutional control."

Apparently the internal investigation has wrapped up and a report is forthcoming, so we wait. But just as yesterdays exchange was a sideshow, so is this latest.

And the Pennsylvania stuff... while people go back and forth over one digit or two (note the AP's correction at the bottom of this piece*, the initial delegate count looks like 47% for Obama and 53% for Clinton.

Add to that the temporary(?) retirement of the highest profile left-side blogger in OH, (and a guy I owe at least a couple of favors to), and it's two Oscar-worthy mornings in a row.

*"This version CORRECTS Corrects (sic) margin of victory to 'more than nine points' sted (sic) '10 points.'"

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