Thursday, August 04, 2005

Feds Won't Back Off

Charles Miller, the acting US Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia following the departure of Kasey Warner, says Warner's departure doesn't mean the loss of momentum in their efforts to purge political corruption in Lincoln and Logan counties.

Yesterday's indictment of Lincoln County Assessor Jerry Weaver was most newsworthy because of its initial demonstration of the commitment the feds were keeping to this case. Many people feared that Warner's departure would result in the death of this case.

The corruption in Lincoln and Logan counties is deeper and wider than most people could imagine. Election fraud is only the beginning of it. The people who buy their way into office abuse their power to control public employment, fix tickets and criminal cases, grant excessive property tax breaks, and manipulate the local economy by picking winners and losers and rewarding their friends and punishing their enemies.