The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Douglas County(Georgia) DA David McDade. He gets the award for the following.
ATLANTA - District Attorney David McDade has handed out some 35 copies of a video of teenagers having sex at a party.A District attorney doubling as a child pornographer. Has American Justice gotten that warped and sick? Steve Verdon at OTB writes in a post titled Another Nifong?-
McDade says Georgia's open-records law leaves him no choice but to release the footage because it was evidence in one of the state's most turbulent cases — that of Genarlow Wilson, a young man serving 10 years in prison for having oral sex with a girl when they were teenagers.
McDade's actions have opened him up to accusations that he is vindictively misusing his authority to keep Wilson behind bars — and worse, distributing child pornography.
McDade, who is district attorney in Douglas County, in suburban Atlanta, did not immediately return calls Thursday.
He has said that while the law required him to release the video, he also believes the footage helps his case — by showing that Wilson is not the squeaky-clean football star and honor student portrayed by his supporters.
"Most of those who do not want people to see the tape know that it's damning to their position," McDade told The Associated Press.
He released the video after receiving an open records request from the AP, and said he has given it to about three dozen people, including reporters, lawmakers and several members of the public who requested it.
It shows Wilson, then 17, receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl and having intercourse with another 17-year-old girl. It was shot at a 2003 New Year's Eve Party at a hotel room by another partygoer.
Earlier this week, Georgia's chief federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney David Nahmias, said the video "constitutes child pornography under federal law," and he called on McDade's office to stop releasing copies.
I have to admit there is something particularly disturbing when a DA is handing out a video tape to potential supporters that depicts sex and where one of the individuals is only 17 years of age. If I did something like this, the Feds would likely be knocking on my door…oh sorry, busting down the door, killing my dogs and taking my entire family into custody. When the people who are appointed to protect us and enforce certain laws routinely break them in such a dubious way it undermines our entire system.It sure does. Can you trust prosecutors and police? Always have to ask yourself that in cases like this, or remember this incident in Atlanta last year.
For abusing his powers as District Attorney if not breaking federal law, Douglas County(Georgia) DA David McDade is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
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