If you haven’t heard, the lack of action by former District Attorney Mike Little and his sales pitch that citizens of Liberty County can depend on federal prosecutors has allowed two of the most well known crimes in our Liberty County history go unpunished, while charges against political enemies are trumped up and prosecuted by the DA’s office.
Mike Little allowed the statute of limitations to expire on the Beasoliel mail theft case without exercising any power he had as the man we have paid a couple of million dollars over the years to be the prosecutor of Liberty county justice. Well that is not quite true – he did exercise his power of “prosecutorial discretion” (and what some legal experts have called "obstruction of justice") as he sat on his hands and never brought one charge in a case(s) that anyone who reads local media probably felt was going to result in some butts landing in prison.
The FBI agent assigned to the case said it should be an easy case for “Your local District Attorney” but the fact the courthouse mailroom was not an official federal post office left the feds out of it. But Mike Little not only failed to act on behalf of the citizens of this county, some speculate he helped stop the 2012 Liberty County grand jury in its tracks.
Last, but surely not least, Mike Little behaved much the same in the infamous FEMA fraud case. It is now said to be dead in the water. Why? – Some might ask… But the answer to that question is only complicated when trying to guess what the federal prosecutors are thinking. It is not complicated when considering what local prosecutors could have (and should have) done.
But just for a minute let’s throw a new thought out there about the FEMA fraud case. We have a new District Attorney and we have new allegations against one of the commissioners that served with former County Judge Phil Fitzgerald. Newly elected D.A. Logan Pickett has at his disposal (click here- clear evidence Todd Fontenot private vehicle repairs as paid by Liberty County taxpayers) that former county commissioner Todd Fontenot illegally charged repairs for his personal vehicle to the county. Why not take a shot in the dark and offer Fontenot a deal. If he has evidence to re-energize the FEMA case, a plea deal could be in the works.
|Melvin Hunt and (hand on hip) Todd Fontenot, Courtesy Advocate|