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  •  The killdeer is my favorite example for the (10+ / 0-)

    fact that deception is a very primitive instinct. So, we shouldn't be surprised when we find it habitually in humans, as well.
    I used to compare McCain to the killdeer. He used his war injuries to distract from whatever he didn't want people to pay attention to.

    About taking evidence to the State Attorney -- I'm not sure that's the proper route. I am sure that most people are not sufficiently aware that our agencies of government operate largely on a complaint basis. Code enforcement and law enforcement and environmental regulation all respond to complaints and, if there's a physical injury, that makes the case because those are easy to quantify and get expert testimony to validate. Indeed, many a person ends up on death row because the judicial system likes testimonial evidence more than circumstantial (which is more difficult to collect). The rap on snitches is designed to deter complaints because the malefactors know they work.
    Unfortunately, prosecutors have absolute immunity and presumed to be objective. Political ambition is not considered a conflict of interest. Deciding whether or not a case can be "won" to determine whether a prosecution should be brought is a power-play. If you get turned down, you should consider going public.

    •  Thanks for the discussion, hannah (11+ / 0-)

      In this situation, there were many false, sworn statements since some of the stolen wages were from government-funded projects.  So we went to the State and doubled down on the potential criminal charges.

      If the prosecution falls through, we've already fed teasers to the newspapers and got an article, and we could give them more.

      We will also go to the relevant City Council meeting and become very obnoxious to the 100% "liberals" on that body.

      We never ever give up no matter how futile.

        I misremember a quotation about how you should cling hardest to your mistakes and I do so, for better or worse, mostly worse.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:25:45 PM PDT

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