Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Brickhead Stonewalling?

I'm not saying that DuPage County State's Atty. Joseph Birkett's office is engaging in a cover-up -- I'm just saying that, if they were engaged in a cover-up, it would look a lot like this:
A man involved in the collision that killed a drunk DuPage County prosecutor said Monday that the state's attorney's office should provide a more public accounting of where Jane Radostits was and who was with her in the hours before the crash.

"She almost killed me and my son," said Henry Gutzwiller, a Carol Stream electrician. "These people should be held to a higher standard. They see these DUI cases all the time."

The DuPage County sheriff's office is investigating the crash, but State's Atty. Joseph Birkett declined to say whether he was reviewing if other members of his staff were with Radostits before she crashed a county-owned Chevrolet Impala the afternoon of May 11. ***

Last week Birkett said Radostits left work the day she died after a bomb threat closed the courthouse. He said she had permission to take the rest of the day off and that she had gone shopping with another prosecutor. He has declined further comment about the events and will not name the other staff member.

Sources said Monday that Radostits and Assistant State's Atty. Jeffrey Kendall went to a west suburban restaurant for lunch and drinks with several colleagues after shopping. One of the prosecutors then drove Radostits back to the Wheaton courthouse to retrieve her car, sources said.
"Her car"?

No... Your car.

As noted earlier in the story, the car she was driving when she smashed into Gutzwiller -- the car she was driving drunk three times over -- was a county car.

Your tax dollars at work.
Kendall said Monday that he was taking time off, but declined to elaborate. "I am going to take a vacation for a couple of weeks, and that's about it," he said. ***

"[Birkett is] trying to brush it under the rug. 'She made one mistake and she paid with her life,'" Gutzwiller said, echoing Birkett's comments last week. "No... He needs to get a handle on his department."
Anyone want to take my bet that we see a few of Birkett's prosecutors belly-up for a round of rehab/apology cocktails à la Mel Gibson, Mark Foley and Ted Haggard?

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