The writers of the "Behind Closed Doors" column help Kennedy out on both accounts. On the experience argument, they write "OK, Carl Brizzi, we get it: You don't think Melina Kennedy's qualified to be Marion County prosecutor." I guess these writers don't think much of this argument. They show us this response to the claim from Kennedy: "Kennedy says her experience as a lawyer and a deputy mayor of Indianapolis is relevant in running a large prosecutor's office in which deputy prosecutors handle nearly all of the cases. Referring to the TV ad's inexperienced pilot, she said: 'I'm not seeking to be a pilot. I'm seeking to be CEO of the airline.'" Okay, following that logic with a more analagous comparison, would you hire someone to run a police department who has never worked as a police officer?
On the coroner's raid, the Star's writers say:
A search warrant raid of the Marion County coroner's office turned into quite the circus Tuesday when the media showed up before the investigators.
As several reporters watched from the parking lot, radio show host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz sauntered into the office at 521 W. McCarty St. and asked about the warrant.
That was 20 minutes before Brizzi arrived.
Coroner Kenneth Ackles wasn't happy to be the last one to get the tip about the investigation into alleged thefts and obstruction of justice there. He said the raid was unnecessary because he'd been cooperating with the probe, which followed reports of more than $3,000 stolen from one corpse and the cremation of another without notifying the police or family.
He questioned whether Brizzi's alert to the media was an election-year publicity move. "How did you find out before me?" Ackles asked later. "You must be in the club with that guy with the makeup on."
Brizzi said he was wearing makeup because he'd been shooting scenes for TV ads that morning. He said he tried to remove it but doesn't know much about taking it off.
"I guess I didn't do it perfectly," he said.
Help me out here a little bit, but doesn't the news media get ticked off when they're not given a heads up on these things? I can recall countless occasions when the police department has conducted raids and invited local news media to go with them. And did you ever notice they often take place just about the time a news broadcast is set to air so they can report live from the scene? On the issue of Brizzi wearing makeup, since Ackles didn't show up to accept the search warrant Brizzi had notified him he was serving on his office, how did he know Brizzi was wearing makeup. Which of these Star reporters do you think shared that with Ackles? And isn't it a little sexist to knock a guy for wearing makeup when women wear makeup daily and are not asked about it?
Incidentally, the Star writers credited with this week's "Behind Closed Doors" are Theodore Kim, Jon Murray, Mary Beth Schneider and Brendan O'Shaughnessy. Also, note that the Star has had nothing to say about the recent DUI arrest of Lacy Johnson, III, one of the person's behind the "bar/private club" in the Julia Carson Government Center--something that was a little more newsworthy and discussed on several area blogs this past week.