But, for the most part, when they come in with 1,001 excuses of why they really didn't do wrong or a list of a hundred of other people who did the same thing and weren't punished, I pretty much expect and usually see that person head right back to judiciary to get the results of not doing what they should.
When someone doesn't have the proof that he or she is right, all they can do is whine about how wrong everything else is.
Fundamentacons (that's my new word for the Fundamental Republicans that are to America what Osama Bin Forgotten is to Muslims) need to stop being spoiled 4 year olds. You broke the proverbial Grandma's vase by running through the living room and screaming about how Johnny down the road supposedly did something does not relieve you of the responsibility of making amends for destroying the vase.
People who break the law then do their time, and make amends are entitled to most of their rights. (Obviously, see Election 2000, this rule does not apply in Florida or to African American males in the south. Also to those who might have the same name of someone who broke the law.)
Friends, family and co-workers who like each other actually do things to show that positive regard.
That Mike Arcuri's campaign took a donation from a felon is no different from the thousands of other donations that were made that day to all the campaigns in the country. That he returned them upon an FBI investigation being made public was as right as all the other times he has acted fairly, honorably, and ethically. And to help all those wanna-be-lawyers who think they got their degree by watching too many hours of Law and Order, Mike is the Oneida County DA. The FBI is a different law enforcement agency.
People who worked in the DA's office carried petitions to get Mike's name on the ballot. So did an awful lot of other people too, but the Fundamentacons are having a fit over those particular carriers. And of course, the Observer-Dispatch is all over that too. (picture the Grinch rubbing his hands with glee after he got all the stolen Christmas memorabilia into his cave.)
And like all Fundamentalists, the Fundamentacons read every other line and think they heard the voice of God. Here's the Ethics Opinion. Now, that's the second time in one week I've had to sit and read a document written by lawyers and I'm no lawyer. But, this is the Conclusion of Opinion 683:
That's dinner for tonight... 2 red herrings, caught, filleted and grilled for your enjoyment.
For the reasons given, we adhere to the opinion expressed in New York State 675 (1995), that it is improper for an Assistant District Attorney to participate actively in the incumbent District Attorney's reelection campaign.