By now all of you have heard that Four Names Allala has lost the latest court battle in her attempt grant herself investigative and prosecutorial powers. Here are my thoughts on this and an opportunity for you guys to comment.
1. This could have gone either way. You can't trust judges to make good decisions. The fact that cases like Leed's lawsuit against me weren't thrown out immediately with a stern warning from the judge proves that. This case should have been trashed after the first judge down in Austin heard the bullshit. However, an intentional mix up not caught by the city's attorney on the case let this drag on further than it should have. You never really know how it's going to go.
2. They won't make her pay. They shouldn't. A really good attorney would have made the city's point in the first round and caught the intentional mix up. It should have stopped there. Allala shouldn't have to pay because her guy was crafty enough to get them into the next round. I know attorneys will disagree with me, but I'm basing my thoughts on common sense, not the law (and those are two very different things).
3. A lot of you let your anger overtake your respect for the constitution. Some of the dumbest shit I've ever heard from people in El Paso was inspired by this lawsuit. Nobody should be subject to investigation, search and seizure without probable cause. And "probable cause" doesn't include being a politician you don't like.
4. Politicos and public employees alike learned a lot about how the open records request process works and what the public can see. This case has all but silenced written communication at the city. Nobody communicates over email about anything. Allala's work to force them to be a transparent governing body has lead them to go even further behind the curtain. The public now has nothing. They only communicate with spoken words behind closed doors these days. Good luck getting transcripts of these people chatting it up at Leo's.
5. Of the thousands of emails obtained by Allala, exactly zero showed illegal activity. The ballpark was a deal struck within the confines of the law. A conspiracy requires more than a single email calling out members of council for being old and senile. The biggest loser was Allala and friends who claimed to have smoking guns when in reality they were holding nothing. Once you get on TV and lie to everyone - and get caught - it's hard to recover the public's trust. I'm sure Nixon would agree (if he could).
6. When winning becomes more important than finding the truth, you'll get neither.