Once again we connect the dots. Jennifer Webb-McRae, former partner of Robinson, Andujar and Webb, was confirmed recently to fill the spot left vacant by the forced ouster of Ron Casella.
Background: Casella, a devoted Democrat, crossed the line when he insisted on having enough manpower to allow the prosecutors office to properly perform duties to ensure public safety. Lou didn’t like this, needing that money to funnel into the hands of political backers instead, and had been gunning for Casella ever since.
Personally, it is the politics and backroom machination that bother me most. Webb-McRae has an excellent portfolio, and extensive experience as a defender. She is highly respected.
However, today’s Daily Journal has an article about her choice to replace the remarkable Ken Pagliughi. In a recent conversation with a Democrat insider, they made it quite clear to me that politics had nothing to do with Jennifer’s nomination. After all, she had never contributed one dime to any political campaign. As far as public records are concerned, this is so. However, her second in command is a party loyalist. Harold Shapiro has contributed well over $10,000 to the Cumberland County Democratic Organization.
I am just connecting the dots. I make no judgment on his ability or qualifications, I don’t know much about him. He might be a fine assistant prosecutor. My only concern is that the prosecutor’s office and the courts alike treat violent crime harshly. Any punk caught with an illegal gun needs to be put behind bars as REQUIRED BY STATE LAW (3-5 mandatory) and not released with a slap on the wrist.