I'm issuing an Amber Alert for Rick Casey, because somebody has clearly kidnapped him and is writing in his place. His column this morning in the Chronicle is, well, down-right, uh, fair. Actually, out of the Anti-D.A. Office Trinity of Alan Bernstein, Lisa Falkenberg, and Rick Casey, Mr. Casey's columns at least seem to seek out a little more truth than the rest of the group. That doesn't mean he's a big fan of the Office, but at least he doesn't run the same story five times and call it new (like Falkenberg), or bury stories on Pat Lykos (like Bernstein).
So, is Casey being held for ransom? Did aliens brainwash him?
Or does he realize that people starting to get a little sick of this whole debacle?
Chuck is done. That's beyond dispute.
He may struggle on through the remaining 11 months of his term. He may quit tomorrow. Who knows? But at this point, Chuck is the very essence of a "lame duck" in Office. Other than having him executed, I don't know what else the Anti-Chuck Coalition could be asking for. The protestors got everything that they wanted.
Mike Trent? Kelly Siegler? Rob Freyer? There's been nothing new coming out about them (other than the fact that the media is still holding onto the Freyer explanation e-mail from 2003 for some reason) for a while now.
The thing that anybody who has ever been in a heated argument or fight can tell you is that being angry for so long takes a lot of energy, and ultimately, well, it just starts to wear down. With no new gasoline to throw on the fire, the fire burns down. Sure, there will always be die hard folks that want to keep blasting away at the Office, but the rest of the general public is just getting sick and tired of it.
And that's good news for those of you exhausted, beat-down, and demoralized Assistant D.A.s who just finished up with the worst month of your professional lives.
Smile a little. The fires are fading. Maybe now, you can all get back to doing your jobs.
Don't forget the lessons learned from this whole incident. Arrogance and power can breed a legion of enemies.
But more importantly, don't forget those fellow prosecutors, defense attorneys, and members of the community that stood beside you all, when plenty of others were relishing the joy of watching you suffer for the misdeeds of your boss.
And don't forget those who have done everything that they can by trying to capitalize on Chuck's failings to bolster themselves into a position they aren't qualified to hold.