Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sal Follows Dianne and Chuck

And that even the nobles get properly handled
Once that the cops have chased after and caught 'em
And that the ladder of law has no top and no bottom

sang Bob Dylan sardonically in The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll. In that case, the bad guy was not properly handled.

Locally and lately though, we may have a rare instance of fair play at work. Former Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi and a lobbyist chum (and a friend and a vendor) received the unwelcome gift of federal indictments today. Universal Hub, as usual, is all over this with links.

My first reaction is simply to smirk. I was among the many wondering how it was the the Beacon Hill biggy seemed to glide out of office when nearby Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner were indicted on corruption charges. Many, including Turner, cried foul when those who were among the few African-American politicians around. It looked like the white guys were untouchable.

Today's corruption and conspiracy indictments are damned detailed and just damning. They don't look like anything that permits a plea bargain, at least for DiMasi.

Goose and gander and all that. Sauce 'em up.

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