Thursday, June 22, 2006

Double Standards

By this point, you probably know that Mayor John Fabrizi of Bridgeport used cocaine while in office.

You may also know that absolutely nothing is likely to happen to him because of it. So far he's indicated that he won't resign, and to this point he hasn't been prosecuted.

There's the interesting part.

Cocaine use is illegal. If I were to snort cocaine and then announce it during a press conference, I'd probably find myself spending time with a few thousand of my closest, meanest friends in the Enfield prison.

The Journal-Inquirer ran an editorial on the subject that's worth a read.
Say a 10th-grade history teacher gets busted for drugs.

Does he get to keep his job?

Even if he has done a great job at what he does?
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How about a single mother?

Let's says she lives in a tough neighborhood in Bridgeport and is poor and unemployed. She gets swept up in one of those big busts the authorities like to conduct to show they are fighting the drug war. (Mayors always applaud them.) And she gets arrested. Does she get another chance?

No. She loses her kid and goes to jail.
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If we don't think drug use is criminal for some people, why is it for others?

And if we don't really think recreational drug use is like theft or arson, why don't we decriminalize it and stop jailing people for it? ("The Case of the Cokehead Mayor")

Why, indeed? Green Party gubernatorial candidate Cliff Thornton makes a more direct case:
“It should be obvious that the mayor is being treated differently from average folk,” Thornton said. “It reminds me of George Orwell’s Animal Farm,” Thornton said, “where some animals are more equal than others. This hypocrisy must stop.”
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Thornton’s campaign stresses the need for more treatment options for those seeking to kick the drug habit and showing how the root cause of violence in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport are centered on the failed “drug war” and the high profits associated with dealing drugs. “These Illegal drugs need to be brought inside of the law to ensure equal justice” Thornton stressed. ("Thornton")

There are two questions here, one small and one large. The first has to do with why some people can get away with crimes just because of the position they hold. Fabrizi broke the law. Why shouldn't he resign? Why shouldn't he go to jail? Yes, decent people can screw up. Fabrizi's been good for Bridgeport. But that doesn't put him above the law.

The second question, which Thornton is indirectly addressing in his release, is about whether decriminalizing drugs would lead to a less violent society. If we remove what he's calling "the root cause of violence," i.e., illegal drugs being dealt on the street, would our cities become less violent? If we focused on treatment rather than punishment, would we be better able to manage our serious national drug problem?

We won't know the answer to the second question for a long time. We may never know. But the first... maybe John Fabrizi can answer that question himself.

Source

"The case of the cokehead mayor: Why not one law for all?." Journal-Inquirer 21 June, 2006.

"Thornton: Cocaine Use has Double Standard as seen in Bridgeport's Mayor Case." Press Release. Thornton for Governor. 22 June, 2006.

53 comments:

disgruntled_republican said...

GC-

Great post and yes, he should be arrested and stand trial for the crime. This is clearly a double standard. And I love the Animal Famr reference...my favorite book all time...

bluecoat said...

right now it doesn't appear that there is any evidence available to charge him with a crime...he should however resign as I am sure the Bridgeport school board will gladly take him back....

TSCowperthwait said...

I agree with Bluecoat. Where is the evidence that can be used to convict him of a crime. You essentially have another individual saying that he was told by another individual that this person had sold drugs to the Mayor, and then the Mayor admits prior drug use but won't comment on who sold it to him. The Mayor should resign from public office and cooperate with any local, state or federal investigation.

As for making drugs legal, give me a break. They are illegal for numerous reasons and making them legal will not decrease the violence on the streets.

disgruntled_republican said...

Guys...

He admitted it, plain & simple.

bluecoat said...

TSC: they are legal now; your doctor can prescribe virtually the same molecules as cocaine and heroin and meth for you to pick up at CVS; and the dosage and purity is rarely in question...

TSCowperthwait said...

Admitting that you used drugs in a press statement is not grounds for criminal conviction, Disgruntled Republican.

TSCowperthwait said...

Whatever you say bluecoat...

bluecoat said...

DG: nobody is arguing wih his admission....

bluecoat said...

TSC: I don't think street drugs should be legalized; the FDA exists for a reason to assure the purity and consistency of drugs; that said they've apporved some very dangerous stuff thanks to pressure from big PhaRMA mostly during Clinton - and my chemistry is right...

disgruntled_republican said...

I agree that it is not grounds to arrest him but he certainly should resign...oh, my bad...just realized I only thought that part and never posted it...

BRubenstein said...

I know and like JOhn Fabrizi...but i will not provide him "cover" on this simply because he is a fellow democrat...

The admission by him to cocaine use and the lying to the public and press when he said that he didnt know Farady ( he officiated at Farady's wedding and called him 13 times as noted in the fed wiretaps) indicates a certain duplicitious nature..in such a poor city..indeed the state's largest city the Mayor should be morally suited to lead it..I dont think given the details here that John is of sufficient moral character to lead Bridgeport..and he should resign.

Additionally...If you believe the feds made a simple mistake in making the interview " public" then you also believe in the tooth fairy.

As any lawyer here knows..an..admission of wrong doing isnt actionable without further facts.The lawyers for arrested dealers can depose ( and i believe will depose Mayor Fabrizi) and on the record he will have to testify as to who he paid and/or got the cocaine from and the dates and times he got it.When and if those reults become public..you will see him arrested.

bluecoat said...

I agree with BR on:Additionally...If you believe the feds made a simple mistake in making the interview " public" then you also believe in the tooth fairy. it was like the feds telling us that Charles Willinger, the attorney who does lots of land use work in Bridgeport and Fairfield for the Gnaim crowd, was an unindicted co-conspirator in the ganim investigation BUT he still appears before the Boards with his fairy tales of prosperity for all....

Chris MC said...

"bluecoat" -
Of course you agree with Bruce, you DeStefano staffer you.

BRubenstein said...

chris chris chris...even though fabrizi seconded Joe's nomination and supports malloy...this admission of hard drug use and lying to the public and press goes beyond partisen politics and is more about the morality and ethics to run a big city and about everyone being treated equally under the law regardless of position. Simply because John is a Democrat like you, shouldnt mean you impune political motives to Bluecoat or me..

For once be a man..stand up for equality under the law and stop trying to protect Fabrizi,Malloy and Joementum.

bluecoat said...

JDS is trying to get Fabrizi out of office with the help of kevin O'Connor??? - and you know damn well I am nobody's staffer especially not a Democrat one you DLCer Mc..

Chris MC said...

Bruce, Bruce, Bruce -
You and your DeStefano staffer allies are welcome to fire away at Fabrizi, as far as I'm concerned. The only thing I've said on the subject was to wait for the facts. No sooner did I say that, but out comes Fabrizi with the Post meeting and his press conference and so on. I'm not defending him nor suggesting anybody give him political cover.

But your posts, as long as you've brought the subject up, are clearly politically motivated. If you and that staffer "bluecoat" were anything like even-handed, there is plenty about New Haven you would be writing about.

Your motives aren't pure, Bruce. For once be a man and admit what everybody else already knows about you.

Chris MC said...

And your insistence on lumping Malloy in with whomever and whatever else you think is politically damaging would be revealing if you weren't already naked.

And it is professionally reprehensible that you continually smear him. You pathetic hypocrital hack.

Do I have to say "just kidding" so you won't sue me over that?

Chris MC said...

And it is "impute", not "impune" you dope. Impune is what you do incessantly around here to anyone who you disagree with.

Uncle_Fester_Da_Molester said...

It would be nice to see a shot of Fabrizi and Newton in adjacent cells and blowing lines off each others' ass. In Bridgeport, everybody on the whole cellblock is down with the jailhouse rock.

Gio said...

Allthough I do not concur with the JI's overall liberal editorial opinions, it is a very good newspaper and is running laps around the Courant. Chris Powell writes some very good stuff. When he is on, he rivals any "big name" pundit.

This editorial is very, very good and raises great points.

bluecoat said...

I am getting lazy but this is copied just for Chris MC who I guess is listed in the book:I am not a Democrat; nor am I a JDS staffer or anybody's staffer; and I don't have a stick up my ass; I screw around on this blog in my retirement right now when the weather is crappy out; and DErby Conservative i left you a question on an ealrier thread you may have missed: now that garafalo is gone did Staffeirri doing anything about dumping Cerruzzi as the preferred develpoer in Derby; his stuff is junk we have a bunch that Flatto enabled him, Lenoci and Willinger to do here in fairfield - he's big fairy tale, quick buck, low end in and out doing little for the community in return...

and Oh Chris; I don't know BR and only know who he is from this blog and I don't know who you are either except that I think you are from Newtown and a DLCer who likes the minumum wage and wants universal healthcare - whatever that is. Sometimes I think you and BR are right and someimes I disagree; way back when I first posted here and only knew how to do it anonomously you liked what I had to say and suggested I get a consistent handle so I evnetually did; i have evolved a couple of times with the handle so to speak until I came up with this and I can't even remember how - i think becasue it was easy to type...so get off the conspiracy theory why don't you??

Chris MC said...

What, one thread devoted to your relationship to the LaRouche/DeStefano organization isn't enough for you? You egomaniacal DeStefano staffer you.

bluecoat said...

It doesn't do your cause any good to hurl your nonsense at an unaffiliated retired voter and blogger there CMC....

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

OK, gentlemen ...

Not to turn the attention of this blog to local politics or anything, but the AP says the Judiciary Committee will subpoena Tocco Sullivan since he wouldn't come to the party on his own.

KerryGuy said...

His admission alone is not enough to charge him - And BR, there is no way he will be deposed by any drug dealer's attorney - Why would a defense attorney ask someone when and where they got drugs? Their job is to get their client off, not to put them away for some political purpose. In addition, Fabrizi never admitted it under oath, and if placed under oath, only needs to plead the fifth to avoid prosecution. He will not be arrested, unless he relapses and gets caught in possession.

That being said, there is no "morals" clause to force him to resign. If there was, we wouldn't have any politicians in office. Let the voters decide at the next election.

bluecoat said...

the voters "the DTC gets out"would have re-elected Joe Ganim...and this is not a "morals" issue - I could care less if he was doing his secretary - this is the guy who runs the police department et al admittedly using coke while in office...

Chris MC said...

ADANR -

You mean attacking people with baseless nonsense isn't the business of this blog?

I'm really going to miss Bruce around here.

bluecoat said...

NO, Chris attacking people with baseless nonsense is quite often the business of this blog for you and it does your DLC "be nice" cause no good...

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Damn Chris - stop being such an asshole. You're making this blog terrible. I actually like this blog and I think everyone is tired of your shit.

Excuse my francais

TSCowperthwait said...

Since we are all off topic, I was wondering if anyone has heard any recent news (meaning since he announced his candidacy) about Joe Vollano's campaign (or, more appropriately, complete lack thereof) against Representative DeLauro?

Chris MC said...

Finally, my point made.

I reserve the right to return to this display of crap whenever I get tired of you guys doing it for real.

Bluecoat, you're fine by me, whether we agree or not. I have found your contributions worthwhile, and do not question your intentions.

bluecoat said...

see Chris I knew you could do the duplicitous "be nice" DLC schtick first brought to us by Bubba himself...

BRubenstein said...

Kerryguy..you and i both know that Fabrizi can plead the 5th..get immunity and then will be forced to either spill his guts or go to jail for contempt...in any event it will all come out and he will be forced out of office in case he doesnt resign.

Chris MC said...

It is sarcasm. Studied duplicity is Bruce's modus operandi.

And I am not a "DLC"er, whatever that is supposed to mean.

Wrath of Conn said...

The Malloy campaigned picked up an AFSCME local endorsement today. The twist? They're in New Haven.

Link

BRubenstein said...

Anyone who puts any credence into what GasBag Chris says..does it at their risk...he is just a political hanger on with never once being a campaign manager or senior operative in any campaign.

bluecoat said...

the AFSCME local in New haven is the water Pollution Control authority only as I understand it - but granted that's a big voting block and a lot of shit...

IfThere'sGrassOnTheField... said...

Not to turn attention away from the Lieberman-Lamont or Malloy-DeStefano primaries, but has ANYONE HEARD ANYTHING ON THE MCLEAN-MASULLO 'HEAVYWEIGHT' BOUT? I live in the district and haven't heard one peep since a one-liner ran in the JI saying that McLean won!

BRubenstein said...

chris chris chris....you accuse everyone of baseless motives....try looking in a mirror for once...name me 1 state-wide campaign in which you managed or had a senior role.

2indaPink said...

I think carpet-bagger Masullo has embraced her "old fart" status and adopted the slogan, "Silent But Deadly."

bluecoat said...

BR: I think he's trying to get a job at the DLC as the enforcer..but they obviously would wish he defects over to the GOP...or maybe the Communist party

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

I wouldn't go that far on this endorsement Chris. This union doesn't have a website, I couldn't even find them on the AFSCME site either.

They're either very small or very new. Or both.

I'm sure this is just political and a shot across DeStefano's bow before next week's convention. The majority of DeStefano's city unions are with him, while the same can't be said about Stamford.

Malloy can't even get his own police department to endorse.

bluecoat said...

MmmmJR: I can't imagine the WPCA has that many employees and as the endorsement says the local is unhappy that JDS pushed for privatization - i am not even sure of the makeup of the WPCA board in New Hvane to know if JDS is on it...

Wrath of Conn said...

And MMMM Jodi Rell spins and spins and spins. Got any more videos of DeStefano with triumphant music dubbed in?

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

No - why do you?

Do you think that it was me who put that video together? It took me two months to learn how to code the italics on this blog. Its a little out of my league, gentlemen.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

TSCowperthwait said... "
As for making drugs legal, give me a break. They are illegal for numerous reasons and making them legal will not decrease the violence on the streets.


Cocaine can be produced for cheap. Look it up yourself in any dentist's catalog. $64 for a jar of it about the size of a normal peanut butter container.

Take the illegal profit out and at least the shooting stops. 87% of all firearm violence is drug related (FBI).

Who should we protect?
The moron on drugs or the fellow working the night shift at the local 7-11?

Seems to me the poor fellow working a 2nd job to pay for his daughters braces or college deserves a break.

disgruntled_republican said...

mmmmm jodi rell...

You said,
"I couldn't even find them on the AFSCME site either.

They're either very small or very new. Or both. "

You are kidding me right?

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.

Been around a while.

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Disgruntled!

I'm just shaking my head at that comment.

I was talking about local that endorsed Malloy. They're either very small or very new.

And yes, I've heard of AFSCME.

Bob Stuller said...

The drug laws are incredible at present. I heard Hartford's deputy police chief admit that making so many young people convicted of rather minor drug offenses into *felons* was compounding the problem. There are not a lot of employers hiring felons... besides the drug barons.

When do we start making moves that take the profit motive out of the drug trade? Tighten the screws on the street drugs, prices go up, street-drug baron trades his Lexus in for a Rolls.

bluecoat said...

there is a difference between rational drug laws and legalizing street drugs...

Brassett said...

I recognize that Fabrizi can take the 5th, but isn't there a videotape of him doing the dirty deed floating around? That was enough to get Marion Barry.

FrankS said...

O'Connor has a Grand Jury option, confronting Fabrizi in take forum raises other legal claims, but that would mean he takes public corruption seriously.

Efficacy1 said...

Did he (mayor)or did he not say he used coke? Yes, he admitted to using.

TSCowperthwait--This country has had almost a century of drug prohibition--yet there are more drugs at cheaper prices than ever before. They are illegal because people such as your self are the problem. You just don't get it. This whole thing is farce. Just ask the tens of thousands that have served time for drugs. Mostly black, brown and poor whites. This issue called the "war on drugs" will come to a head soon. Drugs are not the problem--drug policies are. If I dont get back to you guys. Keep up the great conversation. Just know the facts. If you have not already and you are one that really want the facts go to www.Efficacy-online.org, The city of Hartford and Aenta Ins. along with Efficacy conducted a landmark conference in Oct.The links will provide all you want to know and then some. Also, visit www.LEAP.cc