Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oh Boo-Hoo


Name me any government entity with a high morale right now. I find it rather amusing that the chronicle seems to focus on low morale at the DA's office. Especially low morale that it helped spread. Every agency and business is going to have bad apples. However the media favorites are public servants. They are held to a higher standard than the rest of the population mainly because they usually hold positions that allow them to pass judgment on other people. Of course people hate to be judged by someone else and tend to take the view that the judge feels themselves superior to those he/she judges. The natural tendency here is to look for a fault and either exploit it or blow it way out of proportion to topple the judgmental giant. That's why it's a scandal when Rosenthal gets caught with inappropriate emails that thousands of teachers, bankers, lawyers, doctors, news reporters, etc also have on their company emails.

"A veteran prosecutor, Davidson said the rest of the office soldiers on while Rosenthal is criticized."

It's a wonder they can get out of bed in the mornings. I'd like to know what they are saying behind closed doors.

"We're uncomfortable. We're embarrassed. We're humiliated," Davidson said."

Why? She didn't do anything. Her boss fouled up and should fade the heat. However we all know that when a public scandal breaks out people tend to paint everyone in that agency with the same brush. When a police officer gets arrested, many will try to tell you that the whole agency is corrupt. Look at chronicle comments. Let me ask you all this. Do you assume all female school teachers have sex with their students? Do you assume all news reporters get caught driving drunk, or assaulting someone? Do you assume all investigative journalists have previous arrests for drugs and assaulting their women? Let's be consistent here.

If prosecutors in the DA's office want a reason to feel ashamed then they need look no further than the competence of some of their own personnel. For example, an officer tried to get a charge on a man who violated a protective order. The assistant DA refused to prosecute because they said only violations of emergency protective orders were arrestable. The full, two-year orders were only civil in nature. That DA was so wrong. Obviously they haven't read their family code in a while because another assistant DA read the case and agreed to prosecute. One assistant DA was asked by an officer a long time ago if the law reads the same in the law books, then why does it seem to change depending on which assistant DA answers the phone. He didn't have an answer, only snide comments.

In conclusion. If anyone actually thinks business was hunky dory at the DA's office before this scandal made headlines then they need to put down the newspaper, turn off the TV news, and actually ask someone who has to deal with them on a regular basis.

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