Thursday, July 28, 2005
We all have heard of rewards being offered for lost items or to find information on the location of individuals- - even information leading to arrests in connection with a crime where the perpetrator may be unknown - but this one is VERY DIFFERENT.
According to CCN here the "The Cook County Republican Party is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an indictment and conviction of Mayor Richard M. Daley. . ."
Would any prosecutor dare to proceed on information obtained this way? Can you imagine the cross-examination at a trial on how the information was obtained? So if the jury fails to convict, no payment?
This is a lesson in why politics should stay out of law enforcement.
Addendum - The second part of this story may be around the question of whether the Republicans actually have the money to pay such a reward. John Kass in a column for The Chicago Tribune quotes them as saying, "We'll get it." See here.
(esp) (with thanks to Mike Orenstein).
Addendum - The Marathon Pundit has here a post "Cook County GOP chairman fired from day job (after offering $10,000 bounty for Mayor Daley conviction)"