Friday, April 13, 2007

Dallas County Confidential

It's reported by WHO that Brian Gilbert, former sheriff of Dallas County was convicted by a Pot County jury of theft-first degree.

It appears that an Audi was stopped on the interstate last year and it was carrying about $1,000,000 in cash. Gilbert was to drive the Audi back to the impound lot and in so doing he stopped by his house to close the garage door and a bundle of cash went missing.

The people with the Audi said "Don't look at us. It ain't our money!" and they were sent on their merry way with a lift to the bus station. Which seems passing strange when you think about it, really.

Gilbert was charged, there was a lot of publicity, he got a change of venue and ended up in a county in which he had no expectation that he might have a sympathetic face in the jury pool. I personally think that in a state like Iowa, asking for a change of venue is very much a roll of the dice. You seem to end up in Pot, Blackhawk, or Scott counties, and none of them are particularly friendly places.

But it doesn't end there. Deke Gliem, long time jail administrator is slated to go on trial soon for taking....ahem....liberties with the inmates.

Let us all hope that this closes a chapter in Iowa law enforcement that should not have been written in the first place.

One can only speculate where in the world county attorney Wayne Reisseter has been, that these matters ever got as far out of hand as they did.

That's a question worth asking, no matter who you are.


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