A lot of people in the political world in El Paso have been in a situation where they were hoping observers would understand that an investigation does not mean they are guilty. Yet, a lot of those same people are willing to convict any political foe under investigation. Ignorance to me, is best shown through hypocrisy.
I met a guy through a friend here in Austin. He's a defense attorney for political types. His previous job was as a prosecutor for the state. His focus was on city and county shenanigans. I explained the situation in El Paso with the many, many, many investigations the Texas Rangers are engaged in. His insight was pretty good.
He told me that the Texas Rangers and a few other agencies get requests all the time to "investigate" city councils and county commissioner's court. The majority of the time it's one political faction causing problems for another. They must humor them and go do interviews etc. Rarely - very rarely - do the Texas Rangers step into a political spat and make one side the winner over the other. He told me that unless you're talking flat out bribery, nothing generally happens. At most he thinks the meeting in question will come with a "don't do that again" warning. He said that no prosecutor is going to waste time punishing a group of lawmakers gathering to try and figure out how to make constituents happy with the placement of a building they voted to build.
The fact that the Texas Rangers haven't done anything in the many months after the incident took place shows that they don't care... and that's if there's actually an "investigation." Here in Austin they keep telling me there is no investigation. My new lawyer buddy says that they won't call asking some questions of city council members an "investigation" unless there's some smoke there. Why? So local bloggers can't use the presence of an investigation as an indication of guilt. They apparently get how these little local games work and try not to give one side or the other an advantage.
He did tell me of a situation in an East Texas county where one faction filed an ethics complaint against one lawmaker every single work day for six months. They then went around saying the guy was facing 120 ethics investigations. All of the complaints were frivolous, but the claim was correct - somebody had to see each of those complaints through. He had to answer questions on each of them. In the end he lost his seat and his replacement lasted all of about a year because he was hiring his family members on the county dime to do jobs that didn't exist. That guy got probation and was forced to pay the county back.
This is kind of a meandering post, but there are certain political mouths in El Paso that may not like life if turnabout becomes fair play.