Mary Jo White Blows It, Big Time

U.S. Atty. for the the S. Dist. of N.Y., Mary Jo White, lost the Ron Carey case. On Oct. 12, a federal jury acquitted the corrupt Teamsters boss of all seven counts of perjury and making false statements in connection with a $885,000 money laundering scheme that sent union treasury funds into Carey’s 1996 reelection campaign.

Even though the union was able to expell and punish Carey, White and her office failed. Losing a such a high-profile case should be a total embarrassment for White, a Clinton-appointee. Blunders–like 1) bring the case almost 5 years after the events took place and 2) putting a hostile witness, convicted union embezzler William W. Hamilton, on the stand only to have him undermine your case against Carey–demonstrate White’s incompetence.

Many have been calling on President Bush to replace White since Jan. 20. What further evidence does he need?

That said, there may finally be movement on this front. Reportedly, shortly after the Carey defeat, the Justice Dep’t stripped White of the authority over terrorism prosecutions. She had two big defeats in this area this summer when she failed to win the death sentences for two of Osama bin Laden’s henchmen. It is time for her to go! [Wall St. J. 10/17/01]

Ohio Boss Sentenced for Theft
Michaelene Vandin, ex-secretary-treasurer of Am. Fed’n of Gov’t Employees Local 2031, pled guilty Oct. 3, in Hamilton County (Ohio) Court to theft by deception. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail which was suspended, 1 year probation, and 40 hours of community service. She previously paid $1,574.50 in restitution to the local. She was indicted on Aug. 7. [Dep’t of Labor 10/3/01]

Iowa Boss Admits Embezzlement
On Oct. 5, Terrance P. Baldridge pled guilty in U.S. Dist. Court for the N. Dist. of Iowa to embezzling $1,150 from United Auto Workers Local 1349. Baldridge is the ex-secretary-treasurer of the local. [Dep’t of Labor 10/5/01]

QUOTABLE QUOTE
“The old guard’s way is to treat members like you grow mushrooms: Keep ‘em in the dark and feed ‘em horsecrap. That’s not going to work anymore.”

-Danny Campbell, President of Teamsters Local 2000 in Minn. [Star Trib. (Minneapolis) 10/10/01]