Two stories about government employees having illicit sex:
1. Story the First
The bad news: Charles Dean Hood is on death row for robbery and murder.
The worse news: Maybe his trial was not quite as fair as it could have been. He thinks that the judge, Verla Sue Holland, and the prosecutor, Thomas S. O’Connell Jr., were boinking during the trial. Well, I mean, not during the trial. "Counsel will approach the bench!" I mean he thinks they were having a sexual relationship at the same time that Judge Holland was presiding over the trial in which O'Connell was prosecuting Hood.
Better news: They've apparently admitted it.
In the letter to the governor, lawyers for the inmate, Charles Dean Hood, said the former judge, Verla Sue Holland, and the former prosecutor, Thomas S. O’Connell Jr., testified in depositions given late Monday and Tuesday morning that they had a romantic relationship for years.
“Judge Holland and Mr. O’Connell confirmed that they kept the relationship secret,” Mr. Hood’s lawyer, Gregory W. Wiercioch, wrote to the governor. “She never disclosed it to a single litigant or lawyer who appeared before her, and she never recused herself from hearing a single case because of her affair with the elected district attorney.”
“Similarly, Mr. O’Connell never disclosed the romantic relationship to any of his adversaries nor did he recuse himself or his office from prosecuting a single case because of his affair with Judge Holland,” Mr. Wiercioch added.
Now, any lawyer would recognize that this is ludicrously unethical, a flagrant conflict of interest, and a travesty of justice. But that brings us to the Worst News Yet:
Hood is on death row in Texas. Nice knowing ya, Charlie.
(Hat tip to Dave on this one.)
2. Story the Second
Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties partied, had sex with and accepted golf and ski outings from employees of energy companies they were dealing with, federal investigators said Wednesday.
The alleged transgressions involve 13 former and current Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with – and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from – oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department's inspector general.
The investigations reveal a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" by a small group of individuals "wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards," wrote Inspector General Earl E. Devaney, whose office spent more than two years and $5.3 million on the investigation.
I love the anti-climactic sequence: "The government official humped the lobbyist, and then took her golfing." But let it never be said that the Office of Inspector General lacks a sense of humor:
"Sexual relationships with prohibited sources cannot, by definition, be arms-length," Devaney said.
At least not in an administration that only officially recognizes the missionary position.
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