Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hartford Courant Does Good

This morning, the editors of the Hartford Courant took a walk down the Yellow Brick Road and found courage, smarts - and a heart.

In an editorial this morning entitled "Drop The Charges" the Courant challenged Connecticut prosecutors to drop the bogus charges they have lined up against Julie Amero and take the retrial off the books.

In writing the piece, they proved that it is never too late to right a wrong, or claim back some respect.

For anyone unaware of this case, Julie Amero was the schoolteacher who was kicked out of her job after pornographic pop-ups appeared on an un-patched, unprotected school computer in front of several students.

Lots of people have since looked at the exact code she was looking at at the time (thank you and found unmistakable evidence that this is probably among the worst cases of injustice ever perpetrated in the short history of Internet-related crimes.

Amero was without any shred of doubt very unjustly punished - there were links in the code that I saw that led to places other than those advertised, popups that aggressively spawned new popups, and let's face it, even if Amero went everywhere the prosecutors claim, why isn't the IT guy at the school attracting attention for not keeping the schools filters up to date?

The whole idea of having filters is so that kids don't get exposed to stuff like this - no matter what actions adults take.

The Courant compares Amero's current dismal state with that of some of the borderline inmates waiting for trial in Guantanamo. This isn't nearly as crazy as it sounds. Amero is also sitting in limbo waiting for prosecutors to get off their butts and admit they don't have anything.

Hartford folks, when your local politicians come to you for re-election, please do all of us a favor and ask them where they stand on the Amero issue. Make it a local issue.

Take a brave action - like the Courant has done today - and vote some prosecutors into place that will make your community worthy again of respect.

Update: Re the last paragraph, an alert reader has pointed out to me that things are not done quite so democratically in Connecticut. Click "Comments" (and watch for future entries in the Authentium InSecurity blog) for more...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Take a brave action - like the Courant has done today - and vote some prosecutors into place that will make your community worthy again of respect."

Nice thought. However, in CT prosecutors are not elected. They are appointed by a "Criminal Justice Commission" created by a constitutional amendment approved by the naive electorate. And, get this, sitting on that Commission are, by law, among others, two appellate judges. (So much for the doctrine of separation of powers in CT and the checks and balances it was envisioned to provide.) So, the judicial branch takes part in appointing some of these turkeys and, thereafter, judges their conduct - the conduct of the very people they have participated in appointing. In doing that, can they be impartial? Hmmm... Connecticut is a scary place, isn't it?