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Public's Tolerance for Corruption Puts More People at Risk

By Daniel Cobble

Courier-Journal on June 17, 2013, Louisville, KY: "[Jefferson County Attorney Mike] O’Connell said he had a duty to write the letter [to the judges] in the wake of a Courier-Journal series published last December that told how most DUIs tried before judges result in acquittals. O’Connell said the stories 'called the integrity of the District Court into question.'  (How much money are judges earning from these backdoor deals?)

Louisville County Attorney Mike O'Connell is now feeling the brunt of contributing to a corrupt, out-of-control judicial system in Jefferson County. Since things don't stay the same in life, it was only a matter of time before the judges here believe they are "untouchable" and would take bribes for systemically allowing drunk drivers return to the streets of Louisville. The corruption of DUI cases cannot be separated from the racketeering recently discovered by Daniel Cobble, Thomas Reed and Connie Marshall. -- If the public "will not make hay" of the racketeering that they brought to light, then surely these criminal judges "will continue to test the waters" to see how far they can go.

As Barbara Streisan (June 17, 2013) and Al Sharpton recently said, "We are complicit with these abuses and crimes when we remain silent." And Bono of U2 recently told Charlie Rose, "Today the World is suffering from a hypocracy of the heart. . ." referring to people simply lacking the will to "do the right thing. . ." (May 2013) 

The public was put on notice about this wholesale racketeering several months ago (Feb. 2013). But it was in mid-2012 when we first discovered the mis-handling of the criminal cases filed against 19-year-old Keith Ponder. In fact, Mike O'Connell is at the heart of this racketeering. His office is prosecuting cases without filing criminal Complaints pursuant to KY RCr 2.02. -- So, it's only natural the judges will test the public with DUI racketeering. By releasing DUI defendants for fees and bribery, they become an unending "revolving door" for continuous cashflows to judges. – As a critical reminder, O'Connell responded to the DUI coruption only when MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) went to the Courier-Journal.

How many people are going to get maimed or killed from these drunk drivers? The public's allowance of corruption only puts more people in danger.

Community Footnote: By the way, ACLU Kentucky is representing Mike O'Connell in the sanctions process brought against him in the DUI scandal. Yet ACLU will not represent Cobble or Reed in the much more serious threats to our freedoms, regarding 1) a citizen (Cobble) being barred from the Jefferson County courthouses, and 2) the above undisputed allegations of case racketeering that's also systematically destroying people's lives.