Monday, August 23, 2010

Previews of Coming Attractions: Ted Stevens' Funeral and Bill Allen's Pass


I'm still pondering two big events from last week, and I will write more on them when I get back from three days in Prince William Sound. In the meantime, I will say that Ted Stevens' funeral was a spectacle and a tribute, while the announcement of the federal government's decision not to prosecute Bill Allen for sexual offenses with underaged girls is a travesty. If the feds were going to give the former VECO chieftain a pass on multiple acts of sexual abuse of minors--charges that the authorities appeared to have a good case on--in order to get his cooperation in prosecuting serious acts of public corruption, the Department of Justice should have cowboyed up, acknowledged it, and argued why that was the right thing to do. More to come.

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