I am having trouble maintaining my equanimity over recent comments by Bill Fleming, whose superlative use of condescension attracts most of the Forum's readership, I think. I want to lay out what seems to be his argument (an argument whose only goal, I think, is to show how clever he is) as the last few minutes tick down before the polls close.
Kooiker abused his alderman's office by asking too many questions.
Kooiker discovered what he thought was a conspiracy among a garbage contractor, the contractor's drivers and some employees at the Rapid City dump.
Kooiker got some other folks to look at the evidence. Among these others were cops and prosecutors. They also thought a crime had been committed. They charged people.
One of the people they charged killed himself.
In the first trial, the prosecution lost. Charges against others were dropped, apparently in exchange for testimony against still others.
Fleming says Kooiker unfairly pressured professional cops and prosecutors into filing bogus charges.
I think that makes Kooiker a surprisingly powerful figure. Maybe not since Huey Long....