The story of Anthony's case is well documented. It was covered by CBS's 48 Hours and was the subject of several articles (see here and here) by Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff. Sebesta responded to his earned public bashing by creating his own website, where he simultaneously defended himself while blasting Kelly Siegler and insisting upon Anthony Graves' guilt. In April of 2011, I posted this article on him in response to his website. Sebesta quickly became the poster child for the dirty, evidence-hiding prosecutor. Ultimately, I think Charles Manson had more supporters than Sebesta.
His disbarment last week was something that was regarded as a small but very righteous event that everyone could support.
Well, apparently not everybody.
On Tuesday, it was brought to my attention that my article on Sebesta had been cited in this article by columnist Rachel Alexander of the conservative website townhall.com. Just the title of the article "The Left Disbars Another Conservative Prosecutor" was enough to make me do a double take. The idea of me being labeled as a leftist member of the media gave me a case of the giggles. Her statement, "Most accounts don't attempt to say that Graves was innocent," was just ridiculous.
So, I took to the Twitterverse to engage Ms. Alexander in conversation. Hilarity ensued.
Seeing that Ms. Alexander's response was clearly well-thought out and not at all silly, I decided that Pamela Colloff might enjoy Ms. Alexander's musings.
And then we started really arguing.
The argument went from bad to worse.
So, um, she left out the fact that the Special Prosecutor (who was arguably one of Texas' most aggressive prosecutors) said that Graves was innocent because she "didn't think it was highly relevant" and then follows it with "We all know she really didn't think that."
Yes, because we all know that Kelly Siegler is constantly saying things that she doesn't mean . . .
At this point, I know I should have disengaged. Ms. Alexander was clearly immune to logic. But them Pamela Colloff joined in and it was too entertaining to walk away.
And then Pamela delivered the message that I should have just realized before even engaging with Ms. Alexander.
I had actually started off the Twitter-dialogue with Ms. Alexander in hopes of showing her what Charles Sebesta really was and pointing out to her that even the most conservative ideology wouldn't support what he did. Clearly, I failed in that, but it did make for an entertaining afternoon.