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Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Judge and DA
Eight years of David Lupas as the Luzerne County District Attorney is enough. Now he wants to be a judge. This county has a habit of promoting DA's to the bench elevating Peter Paul Olszewski, Chet Muroski, Corey Stevens and Pat Toole to name a few.
For all his screw ups in the Hugo Selenski case, and there are many, for me it comes down to his first campaign for DA. He raised and spent the unheard of sum of $750,000 for a county office running on a platform of locking up all the drug dealers. That's worked out well. Today the United States locks up more people than any other country with about half of them in jail over drug offenses. The county prison is busting at the seams as are many of the state prisons and drugs are more available then ever.
The easy thing is to be a reactionary and play on the peoples fear of the "druggies" and call for more jail time for anyone involved while ignoring the individual circumstances. The hard thing is to be a real leader and ask why people take drugs in the first place. As much as I knock Commissioner Greg Skrepnak he is one of the few public officials that has recognized the need to reduce the demand for the poison and to treat people who've made bad decisions in their lives.
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Lupas is a loser, but we (Luzerne County) love losers.
If Lupas gets a conviction in the upcoming Selenski trial, he will have reached his benchmark for Judicial coronation. If Hugo gets off, Lupas will be in private practice once his term ends.
If he's a Democrat he's in. He can be drooling and saying things like "Me go poop in my pants" and these moronic voters will put him in, because all that matters is if a (D) is by his name.
When Bernie Podcasy was DA and he botched the Hugh McGee trial he lost his seat to Cory Stevens. Bernie was a Democrat and Cory went on to a glorious judicial career. A high profile trial gone wrong will break any DA--Democrat or not.
I sued Mr. Lupas two weeks ago. I published the suit on my blog this morning. Link at my initials above. Enjoy.
Luzerne County could have our DA: Steve "Plea 'Em" Downs. In fact, we'll give him to you...free!
About the only thing nice anyone in Bradford County can say about him is that he got (or was told to get) the State AG's office to prosecute Dustin Briggs. Otherwise, Steve might have let him plea down to aggravated assault.
Dave Lupas is great. He'll get that murderer. Those cases are tough. What are we going to do. The jury were fools. That judge had it out for him too. Lupas is a good honest guy. Noone will beat him.
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