- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble: Detroit District Court Judge Ronald Giles, for refusing to grant preferential treatment to Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who on Thursday became the first sitting mayor in Detroit’s 307-year-history to be jailed in the Motor City. The mayor has been indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly giving false testimony in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Detroit police officers. As a condition for his release on bond while awaiting trial, the mayor was required to stay out of trouble and call the judge’s office to inform him when he left the city.

But, last month, without contacting the court, Mr. Kilpatrick visited neighboring Windsor, Ont. on city business — a trip that was widely reported in the local media. On Thursday, Judge Giles responded by sending the mayor to jail for violating the conditions of his release. On Friday, an appeals court ordered Mr. Kilpatrick’s release but increased his bond and required him to wear an electronic tether. The mayor’s legal troubles are hardly over, however. Early Friday afternoon he remained in custody, awaiting arraignment on charges of attacking a Wayne County sheriff’s detective last month. For ensuring that mayor is treated no differently than other criminal defendants, Judge Ronald Giles is the noble of the week.

Knave: Cindy Anthony, for providing a steady stream of made-for-television gibberish about the disappearance of her 3-year-old granddaughter, Caylie Marie and the possible role of Casey Marie Anthony, the missing child’s mother. Three-year-old Caylie Marie Anthony has been missing since June 9, but the child’s mother, Casey Marie Anthony, did not report her missing until July 16. She was then arrested and jailed on charges of child neglect and providing false information to law enforcement.

The Orlando sheriff’s department, which has been investigating the case, recently said that everything Casey Marie has told them about the toddler’s disappearance has been “lies.” But Cindy Anthony continues to appear on television to express her belief that Casey Marie is innocent - even while acknowledging that she has a tendency to well, lie. On Wednesday, Cindy Anthony told reporters breathlessly that her jailed daughter believes that “Caylie’s life is in danger” - as if this was some sort of useful clue that could help the police. Cindy Anthony would do well to stop giving public interviews for a few days, and simply confine herself to private interviews with the good men and women of law enforcement who are searching for her granddaughter. For her tiresome role in feeding the media circus in this case, Cindy Anthony is the Knave of the Week.

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