By LAWYER X
Putnam Pit articles by Lawyer X
County's grand jury should stand on its own: An
interesting story came out of McMinnville recently.District Attorney Dale
Potter was been indicted by the local grand jury for official misconduct
and official oppression. The charges arise out of an incident wherein a
young mother was attempting to collect her child support through the DA's
office. Her family wrote a derogatory letter to the local newspaper. Then
the DA called the mother and agreed to collect the child support only if
she would write another letter to the local paper favorable to the DA.
And she tape recorded the conversation. Now the DA faces a jury trial and
possible ouster proceedings.
papers should demand accountability in public office: While
The Tennessean on May 29, I noticed an article about John
J. Hooker. Hooker was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1970 and he
has announced for that office again this year. It was amusing to read about
him blasting the news media and The Tennessean for letting the state go
to hell." It brought to mind an article in The Tennessean about District
Attorney General Bill Gibson that appeared Feb. 20, 1996.