Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?

The title quote of Joseph Nye Welch to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 9 June 1954 Army-McCarthy Hearings should apply with equal force to Mr. Eddie Jordan.

Mr. Jordan, on the basis of the power of his corrupt patron was appointed U. S. Attorney and there he prosecuted his patron's Democratic rival, largely through the efforts of the professional staff of the Department of Justice.

On the strength of this prosecution and the political organization of his patron he became the District Attorney of Orleans Parish.

At the behest of his patron he unfairly and illegally fired many long time employees of the District Attorney's Office, thereby crippling its operation and subjecting the citizens of Orleans Parish to an unprecedented rise in violent crime.

As the price for his leaving the office he had so poorly and faithlessly executed he extracted a promise of payment from a non-profit foundation founded to "support the operations and capacities of the New Orleans Police Department".

If Eddie Jordan were not still sucking at the public teat, these funds might be available to help the police or pay for the damage done by Mr. Jordan's reckless actions.

The other public officials who stood by and said nothing are almost equally culpable in this disgraceful episode.

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