Friday, March 12, 2010

Ignorance Of The Law Is No Excuse

Diane Morgan wrote a letter to the editor of the Intelligencer which was published yesterday.

In it, she claims that she didn't know about the ordinance until Republican Commissioner, Bruce L. Castor, Jr. pointed it out to her.

OK, I'll give her that.

But, what she goes on to say is that she's basically not responsible for any of the bullsh*t going on , because she was ignorant of the law...and, she has the nerve to cite the fact that Commissioner Castor was also ignorant of the law until February of this year.

The difference, Ms. Morgan, is cut and dry.

Mr. Castor is continuing to look into the matter, in an effort to make sure it doesn't happen again.

You, on the other hand, seem quite satisfied that our county solicitor, who also happens to be the treasurer of the offending commissioner's campaign committee (the campaign fund that gets contributions from the recipients of these "no bid" contracts), can explain it away as simple as "we've violated the ordinance for so long, breaking the law has become the "de-facto" way of running the county government".

For the record, when you stated in your letter, and I quote, "Bruce Castor Jr., a long-standing county employee, remarked that the ordinance was just brought to his attention, after two years as a commissioner. He questioned whether the commissioners were adhering to the law. If he was aware of the ordinance, why didn't he sound the alarm bells sooner?", did you really proof read your letter, Ms. Morgan? That statement is nonsensical. Read the bold parts again...if Mr. Castor remarked that the ordinance was, in fact, "Just brought to his attention", then how could he possibly "sound the alarm bells sooner"?

But I digress...

You've since ended your investigation into the violations of 98-02. On who's opinion, Ms. Morgan? Barry Miller's?

At least Mr. Castor, who was, in fact, ignorant of the law until February, is continuing to look into the matter as the "de facto" fiscal watchdog of Montgomery County. I guess you can resign now, since you've been "de-facto-ed" and your position is now as obsolete as County Ordinance 98-02 is in your eyes.

It's really disgusting that you bitch and moan that you didn't know, yet now that you do, you do nothing.

Read Ms. Morgan's letter to the editor by clicking this link: Diane Morgan Letter to Editor

Hat tip to Tom W.!!!

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