The Daily Star
---- — A panel consisting of assistant attorneys general and district attorneys to fight misconduct of public officials, corruption and ethical violations in the government? Seriously?
District attorneys and the Attorney General are public officials who can themselves engage in corrupt behavior in the course of their official duties with absolute immunity (they cannot be sued for that), as a matter of federal law. Believe me when I say it, I am a civil rights attorney who regularly sues the government in federal court.
If you sue a state public official for malicious and corrupt behavior, the Attorney General, the alleged champion of the people, the fighter against fraud and ethical violations, must, by New York law, Public Law Section 17, appear in court and defend that same public official against the lawsuit charging him or her with corrupt behavior. At the same time, the same Attorney General is charged with investigating and prosecuting that same public official for fraud and corruption? Seriously? Who do you think will win in this “ethical dilemma”? Don’t be duped by “big words.” A panel charged with fighting corruption, because it consists of people who are charged by New York law to defend corrupt behavior, will never fight corruption. That is a given.
You will have a better way of fighting corruption by getting directly involved in legislative initiatives and pass laws in the state of New York that will cancel all kinds of immunities of public officials that breed corruption in the government. Immunizing corruption is breeding corruption, pure and simple. If those immunities are not eliminated, no panels will help you. Get up, get together, start putting together anti-immunity laws, insist that your legislators hear you and act, for once, in the interests of the people. Godspeed.