It seems like this blog has been around long enough for a clip show, so I wanted to go back and take a look at the aftermath of five of my favorite fails:
- The original entry: Henry Davis, Jr., a Councilman in South Bend, IN, used Facebook to post a picture of a man having sex with a dog, along with a link to a blog entry that criticized the repeal of the army’s former “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Davis was investigated by the District Attorney for the post, and multiple citizens filed an ethics complaint against Davis.
- The follow-up: Despite an original recommendation from Council’s Rules committee that Davis be censured over the post, as well as removed from his committee chair position, Council ultimately agreed not to punish Davis.
- The original entry: In a tweet, State Senator Robert Rucho (R-NC) said, “Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.”
- The follow-up: After a competitive primary, Rucho beat Matt Arnold, 55-45%. With no Democrat running against him, Rucho is assured reelection.
- The original entry: Dr. Annette Bosworth was a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in South Dakota. In a Facebook post, she compared food stamp recipients to wild animals by saying that the U.S. government asked that these animals not be fed because they may get dependent on the food.
- The follow-up: First, Bosworth lost her election, and was notified of her loss in a live interview on Fox News. Then, she was arrested (a mere twelve hours after her loss) on twelve felony charges, including that she lied on her petitions to get on the U.S. Senate ballot.
- The original entry: Just last week, I wrote about two public defenders in Broward County, Florida, who made racist comments about Palestinians. These comments included calling Palestinians “filthy swine,” made reference to their “ignorance to the world” and said that they were considered the “cockroaches of the world.”
- The follow-up: Shortly after this story broke, both men were fired.
- The original entry: In April 2014, Jacob Elliot had his home raided after a search warrant was executed against him; Elliot was suspected of running a parody Twitter account of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. Though the account was actually being run by Elliot’s roommate, Jon Daniel, police did find marijuana and arrested Elliot under felony possession, and Elliot was promptly suspended from his job.
- The follow-up: Two months later, Daniel sued the city for violating his first and fourth amendment rights. Mayor Ardis, in turn, threatened a follow-up lawsuit, saying that the twitter account was an attack on his good name. Emails since released showed that police originally doubted whether a crime was being committed.
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