Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Why Won't Sheriff Nifong Release Documents on Loughner?

For a guy who's just so sure Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin had something to do with the shootings in Tucson last Saturday, he sure seems like he's got something to hide. Of course his buddy Obama has his back, so he probably feels he's got support. We'll see how long that lasts.
Sheriff's Department and community-college officials in Pima County are refusing to release a wide range of public documents about the man charged in Saturday's shooting rampage that left six dead and more than a dozen wounded.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department and Pima Community College have declined to release documents that could shed light on run-ins they had with 22-year-old Jared Loughner in the months prior to the shooting.

The Arizona Public Records Law requires that records be "open to inspection by any person at all times" unless officials can prove releasing the information would violate rights of privacy or confidentiality or otherwise harm the best interests of the state.
So this is what we've come to. Public officials will repeatedly slander private citizens without a shred of evidence yet they won't release "public documents" that may well reveal their own negligence. A wonderful standard we've got here.

Obama will be in Arizona today. If he wants to get the truth out he'll demande these records be made public. I suspect he won't be pursuing this. It doesn't fit the current narrative.
The Arizona Republic requested that records, including incident reports on campus and calls for dispatch of deputies to Loughner's home, be released under the law. Such reports are often released as a matter of course in criminal cases.

College officials have not indicated when or if they will release the information, saying they want prior approval from the FBI and are concerned about violating federal laws protecting the privacy of student information. The Republic did not request student academic records.

Pima Community College officials confirmed Saturday that they suspended Loughner after a series of outbursts in classrooms and the library, five of which involved campus police.

College Chancellor Roy Flores said Saturday the information would be released by Sunday. But by Tuesday, the information had not been released. College officials said the FBI wants to review any information first.
Sixe people are dead, a dozen wounded, and they're worried about Loughner's privacy? Something stinks here. We suspect the credibility of this moron sheriff hangs by a thread and is about to fray.
The Republic also requested the names of the people wounded in Saturday's shooting. The Sheriff's Department has not released any names, although names of several victims have emerged in media reports. The Sheriff's Department did not provide a reason for withholding the list.
The cover-up will again prove to be damaging. Especially to Sheriff Nifong. His own men were sent to the Loughner home a number of times yet Loughner was able to walk free and murder innocents.

There's a lot of blood on the hands of Sheriff Nifong.


Jon1979 said...

The hometown Arizona Daily Star seems to have gone AWOL in looking into whether or not Loughner's family connections with Pima County government kept him flying under the radar until Saturday's shooting. But the Arizona Republic is the major statewide paper and based in Phoenix, doesn't have to worry about showing deference to the sheriff or other county officials. Tuesday's editorial also showed the paper isn't too happy with the rhetoric, so if the local media doesn't file an FOI and force the documents' release, we may actually get the nearby out-of-town media to do the job (as opposed to having to wait for some group like Judicial Watch to parachute in to Tucson to press the issue).

djmoore said...

I think I understand your reference to "Sheriff Nifong", and I agree with your assessment, but let me suggest you use Sheriff Dupnik's real name at least once in the article, preferably in the first paragraph, if only because the stink from this should smeared on the correct scumbag.

Not to mention how confusing this might be to search engines and their users.

Otherwise, great catch!

msr said...

At Patterico they've noted that failing to release such documents is cause for monetary damage claims.