ABC’s Diane Sawyer baited Sheriff Clarence Dupnik by repeating Limbaugh’s scathing indictment of him (which I heard and agree with). Dupnik bit. Has there ever been a mouthier sheriff, anywhere in in any county?
A Tucson newspaper columnist today posted what he termed, the report “Dupnik has been dreading.” According to Jack Kelly, Dupnik knew that local bloggers and local radio personalities have received death threats from Jared Loughner. Nothing was done.
It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County.
The sheriff undoubtedly knows that Loughner had three criminal charges against him, all of which were dismissed for attending “diversion classes.” Jared’s mother, Amy Loughner is a natural resources specialist with the Pima County Parks and Recreation Department. Do you think Dupnik was has been desperately trying to cover his rear for three days?
People in school where he went were afraid to show up. They sat next to doors because they feared he’d bring a gun and start wiping everybody out. This sheriff out there, Sheriff Dupnik, you know, this guy, he’s gotta be very careful. If I were him I wouldn’t say another word about this. The Loughner family has just hired the Unabomber attorney to defend their son (which everybody has to have an attorney, no big deal there). But the sheriff is out saying that everybody but the kid’s responsible for this. This sheriff is creating a defense for this kid in which his attorneys can say, “Well, even law enforcement authorities here in Pima County are blaming talk radio and Fox News and Sarah Palin.”
“Well, where’s the evidence?”
“Well, there’s no evidence. He’s in law enforcement.”
I’ll tell you what. I’m just wildly speculating here, but this kid sounds like he was well known as an unstable, dangerous element in the neighborhood and at school and so forth around town. If this kid… If there are any reports in this sheriff’s office like if people have phoned in, made phone calls, “Hey, we’re worried about this kid. He’s running around threatening here.” If the kid, if this kid’s run around and if he’s made death threats to anybody… If there’s a file in this sheriff’s office about this guy’s behavior, if there is, then the onus is gonna be on this sheriff and the rest of the liberal safety net. Where is all the stuff in place to stop this? Where is it?
…Where was local law enforcement? It might well be that the sheriff is out trying to dump on everybody else to absolve himself and his own office. Who knows? But if I were the sheriff, I would be very careful here because he’s constructing defense scenarios for the kid and the legal team that might not bode well. And he’s admitting, he admitted to Megyn Kelly on Fox yesterday afternoon, that he has got no evidence for what he’s saying. And they asked him, ‘You want to back down from that?”
AZ Sheriff: Rush Limbaugh’s “Irresponsible” Rhetoric Brings Violence Against Elected OfficialsPima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik once again blames conservative rhetoric as the reasons for the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabby Giffords (AZ).
“The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment, he’s irresponsible; uses partial information, sometimes wrong information. Attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior, in my opinion, is without consequences and I think he’s irresponsible,” Sheriff Dupnik told ABC News.
Without mentioning Limbaugh, Dupnik has been keeping the rhetoric flowing since the day of the murders. See the video at The Lonely Conservative