Monday, March 31, 2014

How In The Heck Did Channel 4 Let A Shameless Plug for DA Get Through?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Backstory, from the web piece:

Doyale Blacksmith allegedly stripped Valerie Neuble naked, beat her with a belt and then checked her private parts with his hand to see if she had been cheating on him.

He then drove her around and beat her some more.

An arrest for domestic violence usually ends with a year spent in jail. But assistant district attorney Hugh Ammerman prosecuted Blacksmith for aggravated rape, kidnapping and assault.

It's a pretty bad case and Dennis Ferrier was there for the sentencing when Blacksmith — after being given a chance to say he was sorry — said "I can't say sorry for whooping her. I can't say that I am."

Judge Monte Watkins then gave him 35 years.

It's a well-done crime piece by Ferrier, right until the point where he let assistant district attorney Hugh Ammerman put in a plug for his friend Rob McGuire, who is currently running to succeed Torry Johnson as District Attorney.

That part starts at the 2:30 mark.

"A colleague of mine and trusted advisor, Rob McGuire, once told me, 'Everybody counts or nobody counts,'" said Ammerman

How in the heck do you give an ADA a free pass to campaign for his friend?

Of course, if there's anything more ham-fisted than using a sentencing hearing to plug your buddy in the DA's race, it's using the video of that post-courtroom endorsement in an email blast to supporters the next day, as the McGuire campaign did this morning:

After feeling like she had no voice, Valerie prayed. Her "angels" came in the form of Assistant D.A. Hugh Ammerman and Victim Witness Coordinator Shirley Simmons. They heard Valerie, they believed in her and they fought along side her to tell her batterer that Valerie deserved justice.

We've heard a lot recently about what our city has done wrong when it comes to Domestic Violence. Hugh and Shirley are an example of what we've done right. I'm honored to have their support in this campaign. I know that with leadership and inspiration from a District Attorney who has been in the trenches - like I have - fighting for women like Valerie we can make our city safer.

For all the other women like Valerie Neuble in our city: we've got your back.

Pith reached out to the D.A.'s office to ask about the rules on campaigning. Spokesperson Susan Niland responded: "The staff can support whomever they wish, but can't work on campaigns unless it's on their own time."

Presumably, Ammerman was off the clock when he was stumping for Rob McGuire out in the hall for Channel 4, right?

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