There are always those who want peace at all cost and those who will settle for an early compromise for the sake of their own comfort and peace of mind. Indeed, there are people even now who would agree that injustice and corruption became synonymous with much of the behind the scenes misbehavior of our courthouse, but they too would say “we have won” so let’s “cool it”, rather than finish the job of restoring justice and truth here in our county.
But the odor of things not done right lingers and its stench will either lead us to right the wrongs that were done or it will embolden those who will take a mile when given an inch. We have only “won” when the change that was long fought for and hoped for occurs for all… No one should be left as a casualty. We win only when justice is the norm and it is expected – past and present. We can not say we have cleaned up this mess when the bitter smell of unfairness is still in the air and the excess of a self serving good ole boy system can still be seen and some are left bearing the burden of a hand far heavier than that of justice.
An example of such a thing is the much talked about and much litigated Janet Harrelson case. Much of what was alleged has been overturned by higher courts, but the unpleasant odor of impropriety by our public officials has never been tried in our courts. The good ole boy system’s practice of vigilantism chose what they chose so they had in their hand puppet judge and jury. They pronounced their guilt and in many ways symbolically lynched the accused. Those who can not smell the foul odor of selective prosecution are not only in need of a nose doctor, they need an eye, ear, nose, and throat specialists.
Janet Harrelson’s assertion that she was instructed by public officials in how to help get her incarcerated son to Dayton and how to spend some time in a private home with him before he was returned to prison are not only believable, they are practically the only plausible explanation for what happened. One must have to be blind and deaf and dumb to believe just because she was the County treasure-elect that she could pull off such a thing by herself.
Are we now, because we have won one election, going to sweep past cover-ups under the rug for the sake of “minding our own business” or are we going to try lay down the foundations for keeping our local government clean and accountable? Our Founding Fathers said the foundation could only exist if we remained “vigilant”.
Shouldn’t we now ask those questions that were not asked then? Is there an environment in the courthouse now that will allow the truth to be told? Shouldn’t we pursue justice “for all”? Who helped Harrelson? Who lied to her? Who lied to investigators and who lied on the stand?
And was this organized in advance by some? And if it was, what laws does that break? When listening to the evidence in the past, some have been struck with the focus John Archer placed on making sure Harrelson was indicted before her inauguration. Additional information has revealed that Judge Cain had gone out of town. Archer may not have had all of his ducks in a row. Despite the time of night, Archer still pushed Cain, who was taking his wife on an anniversary date, to do his public duty and pre-empt Harrelson from the swearing in day the following day. Archer may have caught Cain off guard as he pulled Cain into a plan that would be bad politics for him. For years Judge, Cain has fielded questions about Archer’s actions that night. Archer called so late and set such a priority on his legal action against Harrelson that Cain was thinking more about how to properly handle his petition rather than how it would appear. There is no other plausible explanation for how a District Judge could end up at his house at midnight with Bill Buchanan, KSHN radio, and a pile of legal paper and witnesses on such an important matter. John Archer was focused on whacking Janet Harrelson; Judge Cain was focused on his anniversary, and no one was worried about the politics of a “midnight court” for the Judge.
On the night of Archer’s legal maneuvering, where were all of Archer’s fellow Democrats who Harrelson say okayed her actions? Whether they were hiding under the rug or swept under the rug, it is time for openness and fairness in our courts. The truth needs to come out. The courthouse needs to have a fresh fragrance. We are not a county run arbitrarily by District Attorney, Mike Little and his corrupt acts. And we are not a county that takes lightly all of these counts against Harrelson that were overturned. WE THE PEOPLE have reclaimed most of the courthouse. It is now time to repair the damage done where possible. Let the chips fall where they may.
Soon others who were involved in this injustice will be called to task for their conspired actions.