The newspaper I love to hate, the Albuquerque Journal, gets it right once in a while. Their story on the Albuquerque Police Departments macabre handling of the death of civil rights attorney Mary Han was on the mark today. It seems every high ranking police official wanted to visit and trample the scene where Han allegedly committed suicide. (Our daughter and Mary's daughter were good buddies in their childhood and we often spent time with Mary.)
When stories like this keep oozing out then you know there is a lot more packed inside the issue. Why was it necessary for the cops to swarm the place and take pictures of Mary's body on private cell phones? Just because she nailed them on so many civil rights lawsuits I guess. But, it certainly reveals the institutional problems at the department and that can only be fixed with a wholesale housecleaning.
On another issue you see someone occasionally make a decision to make a bad career move. Here I am talking about the UNM Law School Dean moving out of that job to take one the post of Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the Department of Interior. Knowing what I know about such jobs I think that Kevin Washburn will soon lament leaving the Land of Enchantment. That particular job just grinds up people every two years.