Thursday, May 14, 2009

Why Won't the Feds Let the Fat Lady Sing for Ricio?

The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that the Government has announced it will go forward in the "sledgehammer" case against Michael Ricio alone. That makes no sense to me.

Let's face facts: Ricio was only indicted in the hope that he would "flip" and testify against Mayor Melton. He was acquitted in State court and there's no point to be gained in a stand-alone trial against him. The only reason I can see for going forward is for DOJ to save face. That's not good enough.

Let's hope the "Fat Lady" sings for Ricio this week. This case needs to be over.


Jane said...

Rational prosecutors would drop it. Federal prosecutors are never rational.

Jim Craig said...

Are State prosecutors rational? Or is the term "rational prosecutor" an oxymoron?

Matt Eichelberger said...

I've come across a few rational prosecutors in my life. We actually have some here in Hinds County.

My prediction? Feds will offer up a misdemeanor plea similar to Wright's very shortly.