The flagging hopes of victims and their survivors have suffered yet another blow in the tragicomedy of errors that is the David Bisard case.
While Prosecutor Terry Curry continues to vouch for the strength of his side, suffice to say that police mishandling of the episode amounts to a defense lawyer's dream.
Curry demanded the firing of Public Safety Director Frank Straub and Ellen Corcella, deputy chief for professional standards, after learning that members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department had unsealed and examined a blood sample without informing the prosecutor . . .
The response from the Ballard administration borders on the cavalier. While mayoral chief of staff Ryan Vaughn says informing Curry's office would have been "the right thing to do," he asserts that the officers technically did not have to do so -- a gratuitous posture for an explosive case that has all of city-county government under scrutiny.
The mayor's office will not fire Straub, who is finishing out his tenure after resigning, nor Corcella. Considering that Corcella's predecessor was reassigned over the Bisard evidence mess (though cleared of wrongdoing), another change of the guard may be in order. Public trust -- what's left of it -- demands that much.
Meanwhile, Vaughn says the FBI has declined to look into the fiasco because criminal activity is absent. Given this bizarre string of events, no such conclusion can be drawn without further investigation. From outside.