Shouldn’t state Supreme Court weigh in on Fortney recall?

Sheriff Adam Fortney’s situation is concerning. We just survived a powerful president who fired the top cop for disloyalty while he was under investigation. We now have a county sheriff who challenged the legality of an order from the governor, and he is now under threat of recall.

If an FBI chief or a sheriff cannot hold powerful officials accountable to the law, who can? Who guards the chicken coop if the fox goes on the prowl? The question I raise is not whose cause is more worthy or who is doing a good job or not, but the principle of accountability of political power at the top.

This sure sounds like a constitutional issue to me. If not a referee, we could certainly benefit from the high court’s analysis and opinion to define the legal means of holding elected officials of high rank accountable to the law. Donald Trump stated that he was not to be held accountable by anyone and ignored anyone who tried. When others did try, he found that illegal and done to him maliciously.

Despite two trials and acquittals, this issue of any accountability was left unaddressed. Other than complicated impeachments, recalls by voters or mob riots, are there no methods to ensure that they obey the law?

Are we to conclude that certain people of power are above the law as long as they continue to win a popularity contest? Where is the direction needed for law enforcement here when powerful people appear to break the law? How is enforcement defined? This question is under review to curb police powers when they take the law in their own hands during chaos. How are they accountable to enforcement of the law as well? When power rules, who must have control?

The highest court is appropriate for such cases. As for the rest of us, have we become just chickens up for grabs?

Sharon L. Robinson


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