Saturday, December 22, 2012
It's time to move on
|MCDONOUGH AND PREMO|
That’s all there is to say about
the jury finding Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough not guilty.
As I stated before, there were
three things McDonough had to worry about … his DNA was under the flap of the ballot
envelopes, there were some 40 voters who said they didn’t fill in a number of
fields on the application and a former FBI handwriting analyst who said the
aforementioned fields were written in McDonough’s hand.
And yet the jury spoke and found
McDonough not guilty. So be it. He is not guilty.
One can’t help but give McDonough’s
attorney, Brian Premo, credit for the win. I and a bunch of other people were
wondering why he didn’t put up any witnesses but it turned out a successful
We’ll have to see what happens
with Trey Smith’s bill. Something tells me the county will raise even more of a
stink about it.
|MCDONOUGH AND HIS WIFE|
In the end, I can’t say I’m upset
about the verdict. I always got along with McDonough and would hate to see him
looking at jail time three days before Christmas for something as stupid as
trying to steal the Working Families Party line.
After McDonough’s acquittal, and
the acquittal of former Councilman Michael LoPorto earlier this year, I bet
there are four guys who wish they took their case to a jury too rather than
pleading guilty and they are: former Councilman John Brown, operatives Tony
Renna and Tony DeFiglio and former City Clerk Bill McInerney.
This scandal is more than three
years old so it’s time to put the whole thing to bed now. There are two guys
still under indictment, former Councilman Clement Campana and Councilman Gary
Galuski, but I hope Smith either cuts a deal or drops it all together.