Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The DA who isn't afraid

A few years ago, the government allocated $1.75 a day to feed each Mobile County prisoner. The sheriff spent about $1.45 per prisoner and kept the rest for himself, using $100,000 of the money to buy a personal CD and building a bank account worth more than $236,000, according to the Mobile Register.

The Mobile County district attorney, John Tyson, Jr., sued the sheriff Monday to get the money returned to the public. The lawsuit is the latest indication that Tyson is glad to hold powerful people accountable for their actions. His prosecutors already have gotten the sheriff indicted on five felony charges, including theft and perjury, and they also are pursuing unrelated felony charges against the president of the Mobile County school board.

The word on the street is that state Democrats think Tyson is the man to unseat Attorney General Troy King next year. Whether Tyson is interested in being AG remains to be seen, but there are much worse ways to gear up for a campaign than by showing that public officials aren't above the law.

2 Comments:

Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

Lest Tyson forget the kind of "man" he's possibly opposing: In retribution for Tyson's principles, King snatched a high-profile Mobile murder case from him on Thursday, saying Tyson was dragging his feet. Not quite:

Tyson said that his office was waiting for the paperwork on the victim's autopsy to be finished and that this delay could not be helped because the Department of Forensic Sciences is understaffed.

All of this, of course, leaves the door open for King to call Tyson soft (or at least slow) on crime during the election.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Sounds like King has heard the same rumors I have.

9:35 PM  

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