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Opening Arguments

The $3 crook

It's nice to learn that public officials in northwest Indiana still take their civic responsibilities seriously:

Former Mayor Robert A. Pastrick owes East Chicago damages totaling somewhere between $3 and $108,998,876.30, say attorneys in the landmark civil racketeering case against the legendary Northwest Indiana political boss.

Wow -- $3 or $109 million. That's quite a spread even taking into account the brazen posturing of each side. I'd think the former mayor would be embarrassed to even use the $3 figure -- that barely counts as miscaluclation, let alone corruption. After the demonstrations started in Iran, one wag commented that the leaders might be regretting having "overstolen" the election. Pastrick may end up regretting that his legal team oversold his innocence.