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Prosecutor candidate drops out of race

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The Democratic candidate for Gibson County Prosecutor has withdrawn from the race following his indictment on four charges, including possession of child pornography.

Attorney William Wallace officially withdrew late Thursday morning, said Gibson County Democratic Party Central Committee Chairman Charlie Mayfield. Mayfield made public a letter he sent to Wallace asking him to drop out of the race before the July 15 deadline of removing a candidate from the ballot.

“While I understand that you are cloaked in a presumption of innocence, the voters of this county have certainly heard of the grand jury indictment and subsequent criminal charges filed against you. As you know, your story has drawn unfavorable media attention at all levels: locally, statewide, national, and even internationally,” Mayfield wrote in the letter.

Mayfield went on to say that if Wallace didn’t withdraw from the race, the local party would do nothing to advocate his election.

Wallace faces four charges: obstruction of justice, possession of child pornography, patronizing a prostitute, and false informing. He was indicted on the charges June 15 following an Indiana State Police investigation into accusations by a former client that he videotaped the two having sex without her permission.

His trial in Gibson Superior Court is set for Jan. 24, 2011, after the election. Jonathan Parkhurst of Vanderburgh County has been assigned as special prosecutor on the case. Mayfield said the party has 30 days to caucus another candidate to run in the election.
 

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  1. I expressed my thought in the title, long as it was. I am shocked that there is ever immunity from accountability for ANY Government agency. That appears to violate every principle in the US Constitution, which exists to limit Government power and to ensure Government accountability. I don't know how many cases of legitimate child abuse exist, but in the few cases in which I knew the people involved, in every example an anonymous caller used DCS as their personal weapon to strike at innocent people over trivial disagreements that had no connection with any facts. Given that the system is vulnerable to abuse, and given the extreme harm any action by DCS causes to families, I would assume any degree of failure to comply with the smallest infraction of personal rights would result in mandatory review. Even one day of parent-child separation in the absence of reasonable cause for a felony arrest should result in severe penalties to those involved in the action. It appears to me, that like all bureaucracies, DCS is prone to interpret every case as legitimate. This is not an accusation against DCS. It is a statement about the nature of bureaucracies, and the need for ADDED scrutiny of all bureaucratic actions. Frankly, I question the constitutionality of bureaucracies in general, because their power is delegated, and therefore unaccountable. No Government action can be unaccountable if we want to avoid its eventual degeneration into irrelevance and lawlessness, and the law of the jungle. Our Constitution is the source of all Government power, and it is the contract that legitimizes all Government power. To the extent that its various protections against intrusion are set aside, so is the power afforded by that contract. Eventually overstepping the limits of power eliminates that power, as a law of nature. Even total tyranny eventually crumbles to nothing.

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