BY BUDDY NEVINS
The blog questions the entrenched establishment at the courthouse. The result: The courthouse is finally entering the 21st Century.
It needed to be done.
That’s not to say that Gelin and I don’t have our differences.
Gelin wrote gently about his problems with me on JAABlog here. I’ll write about my disagreements with him below.
My biggest problem with Gelin’s blog is the personal attacks from anonymous readers. They are juvenile. It is frightening that lawyers and judges are the authors.
I don’t mind folks striking out as they deal with issues. But to anonymously allege sexual misconduct and to use ethnic slurs is way too much for me.
I find much of JAABlog’s comment boards nothing more than digital graffiti. Some of Gelin’s readers obviously need psychiatric treatment.
I also find Gelin’s obsession with State Attorney Mike Satz misplaced. Satz is not Darth Vadar, but JAABlog treats him as such.
Is he the world’s toughest public corruption fighter? No, by any means.
Although he does a good job going after corrupt building inspectors and thieving bureaucrats, Satz has been too reluctant to go after elected officials.
Is he inflexible when it comes to minor drug prosecutions, which are mainly aimed at blacks and the poor? Most definitely.
Should Satz have realized that something was hinky about Rothstein before the scamster skedaddled to Morocco?
Come on. Hindsight is 20-20. The idea that Satz would investigate someone because they don’t appear to be on the up-and-up is downright scary.
I ate lunch with Gelin last week. I told him if he didn’t like Satz, he had to do more than just write.
He needed to find somebody to run against Satz.
The candidate would have to have a resume like Circuit Judge Cindy Imperato, a good looking woman who was a cop and a statewide prosecutor before joining the bench.
I’m sure she’s not interested.
The point is that a tough woman with some law enforcement background is the type of candidate that can beat Satz. The woman needs to be attractive, have some political skills and be able to raise a minimum of $500,000.
Campaigning for state attorney will be tough. This is a very expensive market to run a countywide race in. It will be a grueling battle in a county with as many voters as in some states. To win a candidate must commit a year of 24/7 work.
Finding a candidate and helping them win is a demanding job. It is much easier to sit on the sidelines and blog.
But the only way Gelin and Satz’s other critics will change the State Attorney’s Office is to find a credible candidate to run against him.