What was he thinking? Part III

March 25, 2011
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I’m thinking this may become a regular feature on the blog – questioning attorneys’ decision-making skills.

A deputy in the Johnson County prosecutor’s office resigned Thursday after admitting he sent an e-mail from his personal account to Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin suggesting the governor stage some kind of attack on himself to discredit the public unions. Carlos Lam sent the e-mail in February urging the governor not to give in to the union demands. The e-mail came to light after The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism found it through an open-records lawsuit settlement.

In it, Lam told the governor that he is an Indiana public employee and has been involved in GOP politics in Indiana for 18 years. If he would have left the e-mail at that, he’d probably still have a job.

But instead, Lam went on to suggest Walker employ a “false flag” operation. “If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the public unions.”

“Use a firearm against you?” Wow.

Does Lam think it’s in anyone’s best interest for the governor to be shot at or possibly take a bullet in order to make the unions look bad?

According to media reports, Lam initially denied writing the e-mail and said someone must have hacked into his account. Later he admitted to writing it and resigned.

Lam’s e-mail and resignation come just a few weeks after an attorney in the Indiana Attorney General’s Office was fired after making the comment on Twitter to “use live ammunition” on protestors in the Wisconsin capitol building.

Lam has been admitted to practice in Indiana since 2002, according to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys. His status is active in good standing and he has no prior or pending discipline.

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  • Really?
    What a loser!
    • Really?
      When adults think firearms are the answer to disputes, how can we be surprised when a teenager, with presumably less judgment, uses a gun against a fellow student with whom he has a disagreement? It's a sad state of affairs.

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