Chuck Rosenthal testified today in the Ibarra case, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
Chuck was confronted with the fact that the Ibarra brothers had lodged a complaint with him at the D.A.'s Office, and he (properly) forwarded the complaint to Joe Owmby, who is a Division Chief within the Civil Rights Bureau. According to testimony, Owmby investigated the complaint and determined it to not need further investigation.
This fact, I'm certain, has the conspiracy theorists (who seem to have found a home base gathering place on the Chronicle message boards) crying "foul".
Although Chuck has come under fire for many, many things in the past couple of months, one of the things he should be given credit for is that he did take the e-mail complaints that he received seriously. He also forwarded them to the appropriate members of his staff, regardless of his personal opinion of whether or not the complaints had merit.
Before you say to yourself "well, that's what he's supposed to do", take a minute to look at some of the things being written over on the Chronicle message boards. There are folks over there who seem to be writing 24/7 about some of the most bizarre ideas and conspiracy theories. One poster advocated that Kelly Siegler should be sexually assaulted. Another person advocated that all Assistant District Attorneys should spend three days in jail as part of their job training (Do you think this might affect the Office's job recruiting, by any chance?).
Now, imagine your e-mail address being flooded with e-mails like that. Yes, I know that we have all got plenty of comments to make about Chuck's e-mail inbox (if you have a joke about it that hasn't already been ridiculously overplayed, let me know). Chuck received e-mails from citizens who were concerned about the fact that their neighbors were aliens (from outer-space, not South America). Complaints that the government was reading their minds. People who were certain that people were plotting to kill them.
He did his best to respond to them, and often times that meant forwarding the e-mails down the chain of command.
But some problems just can't be solved. And problems that aren't solved, whether real or imaginary, lead to anger.
I'm not posting my thoughts on the worthiness of the Ibarra brothers' lawsuit, because, quite frankly, I don't know enough about it.
But from what I read in the Chronicle's article, Chuck did his part on the follow up.