Firetruck Saga: Finished?

October 31, 2006 at 2:00am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Could it be true that the firetruck fiasco is nearly over? Police Chief Tom Casady announced today that no charges would be filed in the case. The conclusion of the investigation seems to be that, although aspects of the deal were shady, nothing rose to the level of criminal behavior. That’s probably right. In any event, I’m just happy we can close yet another chapter in the saga. Now if we could just get a new chief hired…

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Dave K October 31, 2006 at 7:24pm

This shouldn’t be finished until someone looks into why Seng waived the several hundred thousand dollar late fee.  There’s a lot of crappy public art that money could have purchased. 


Also, I don’t buy that this happened crime-free.  Since Spadt pleaded the Fifth, that essentially means he did something that is incriminating.  Is that fact just going to be ignored, as it appears it will be?  Incompetent leadership at it’s finest.

Mr. Wilson October 31, 2006 at 7:58pm

Since Spadt pleaded the Fifth, that essentially means he did something that is incriminating.

Funny how some rush to celebrate the exercise of Constitutional rights in some contexts while condemning it in others.

Is that fact just going to be ignored, as it appears it will be?

What fact? If you have information that proves Spadt is guilty of a crime, you really ought to go to the police. And if not, you really ought to quit presenting opinion as fact.

Dave K October 31, 2006 at 8:09pm

Funny how some rush to celebrate the exercise of Constitutional rights in some contexts while condemning it in others.


Correct, because in some contexts it should be celebrated.  In some, it shouldn’t.  The right to vote, which we should all do next Tuesday, should be celebrated by everyone.  However, our fire chief pleading the Fifth during a criminal investigation into action of the fire department while he was chief should not be celebrated.  Should it be exercised? If you’re Mike Spadt, yes.  Should it be celebrated? Absolutely not, not by anyone.

What fact? If you have information that proves Spadt is guilty of a crime, you really ought to go to the police. And if not, you really ought to quit presenting opinion as fact.

The ‘fact’ I was referring to is that Mike Spadt pleaded the Fifth in this investigation.  If you have information that is contrary to that fact, then I suggest you talk to the Lincoln Journal Star.

Mr. Wilson October 31, 2006 at 8:22pm

The ‘fact’ I was referring to is that Mike Spadt pleaded the Fifth in this investigation.

I think you will find that the proximity of phrases in your original comment strongly suggests otherwise. Thanks for clarifying.

As for the rest, well, I’m sorry you feel that way. Color me unsurprised.

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