Among the many things we bloggers do is the dull, boring stuff so you don't have to. For instance, take statements of economic interest. Please. Candidates for public office such as sheriffs have to file, sworn (affirmed) to. The financial parts are not specific, dealing in ranges, $1000--$50000, for example, but they do have to cite where the money is and where it came from, debts, mortgages, etc. All these things are available for download at http"//ethics.alabama.gov.
Well, we've downloaded a few statements for sheriffs who have siphoned off cash from inmate food funds and have refused to answer questions about how much. Just a few. It would take a platoon of bloggers to do all 49 sheriffs. What we found (Surprise!) not one includes income from food funds. Odd, because every one of these guys, plus Mr. Timmons, aver that the money is personal income, not state funds. Well, if it's personal income, shouldn't it be called out on the statement and, just incidentally, on Form 1040?
Golly, sheriffs. You seem to want it both ways. Is that...ethical?
Sometimes the good guys win. Two sheriffs who shorted inmates food funds were voted out of office (Etowah and Walker). No known connection. Coincidence? Maybe not.