I posted the following in the discussion at http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/app/blogs/politicalblog/?p=7855, in response mostly to Pat Duffy's attack on Sam Kooiker. Since Blogmore regularly deletes my comments, I decided to put this one here, as well.
As I have said a few times, I couldn't care less who is mayor of Rapid City. I do care about liberty and justice, and I have no reason to think the next mayor of Rapid City shares my concern. Duffy sometimes seems like he shares it. However, I don't get the direction of his salvo in the Kooiker discussion.
Kooiker didn't interview the drivers and others who were indicted in the landfill case in a small interrogation room in the courthouse and then compare the story of each with the stories of the others. Kooiker didn't indict the indictees. Kooiker didn't prepare the case against them. The honors there go to the Rapid City Police Dept. and to Glenn Brenner's office.
Brenner and whoever from his office actually stage-directed the Meidinger trial obviously didn't bring a case with them. For a defendant to not have to present a single witness to get an acquittal demonstrates that the prosecutor was either incompetent or malicious. Brenner's office has repeatedly shown a capacity to be both.
What does that have to do with Sam Kooiker?