After all, they are paid, with benefits, whether they are doing their job or not, and they are employing vast clans of relatives and friends to support, so there is a "moral obligation" to those clans to keep on going.
Yet, recently, as I wrote before, there was a tide of "retirements" from appointed and elected public officials in Delaware County - which curiously coincided with:
- the audit of the county by the New York State Comptroller - around the time of investigation and release of the audit, FOUR public officials that may have been involved "retired":
- Delaware County Attorney Richard Spinney;
- Delaware County Attorney Porter Kirkwood;
- Delaware County Commissioner of Social Services William Moon, and
- Delaware County Judge and former Assistant Delaware County Attorney for Social Services Carl F. Becker;
- the investigation by the New York State Commission for Judicial Conduct - the same Carl F.Becker "retired" from his judicial position long before the end of his term and long before his mandatory retirement at 70, after fighting tooth and claw for that "re-election" (documents that he was elected the first time in 2002 were never properly filed, and my law license was suspended when I raised the issue of Becker's legitimacy in court) - while the New York State Commission for Judicial Conduct reported in its annual report that several judges "retired"/resigned during investigation; Becker had many complaints against him, as I know as a blogger who received tips from people complaining about him;
- a criminal complaint - Delaware County Clerk Sharon O'Dell
quickly "retired" in 2016 when I filed a criminal felony complaint against her (which did not result in charges yet) for knowingly filing a false multi-thousand-dollar judgment against me in collusion with attorney (and town justice) Jonathan S. Follender;
- an FBI investigation - Delaware County Chairman of Board of Supervisors James Eisel.
As a result of a settlement in a lawsuit, in December of 2015 the very Democratic Governor of the State of New York Andrew Cuomo announced that prisoners in New York State prisons will no longer be "treated" to what amounts to a punishment through starvation - the so-called "loaf".
Apparently, Delaware County jail practiced starvation of its prisoners, and that same starvation as punishment continued further - as evidenced by a pro se lawsuit filed in January of 2017 against the Delaware County.
While the lawsuit was dismissed, it was dismissed without prejudice, and can be renewed, especially that Darryl Bradshaw's conviction was reversed and vacated and he was released from state prison.
Since Mr. Bradshaw filed his lawsuit from state prison, it is apparent that he was not serving time in Delaware County Jail, but was held there as a pre-trial detainee.
His lawsuit also mentions that he filed multiple grievances against Delaware County jail, raising the issue whether he was starved in retaliation for those grievances.
The lawsuit also asserts that "disciplinary starvation" of Mr. Bradshaw was ordered without following the "normal procedure", whatever the "normal procedure" may be for ordering starvation of a pre-trial detainee as punishment.
So, whether the lawsuit is or is not renewed, Thomas Mills' Department was exposed for starving pre-trial detainees.
Mills' Department was also earlier exposed, in a lawsuit that ended up with a settlement on the eve of trial, for hiring police officers outside of Delaware County (a jurisdictional violation arguably rendering all their arrests legally void), with local kinship and connections to high-ranking employees in Delaware County government substituting for education, training and character fitness.
Yet another lawsuit against the Delaware County, currently pending, alleges that the Delaware County investigators from Social Services and Sheriff's Departments fabricated a false criminal charge of felony child sexual abuse (a deportable offense) against a Hispanic legal immigrant. which can promise Delaware County taxpayers a hell of a lot of damages to have to pay out, whether the case goes to trial or is settled.
The fact that the Delaware County's litigation attorney hired by its insurance carrier, the Frank Miller Firm, and chose to remove the case from Delaware County Supreme Court to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, the fact that Delaware County did not trust Delaware County Supreme Court to resolve this lawsuit in its favor (even though it recently fixed for the same Frank Miller firm a lawsuit against a police officer for vehicular assault on a resident of Delaware County, where a criminal case was fabricated against the victim of assault and where criminal charges were also finally dismissed), says that the Delaware County sees the writing on the wall as to how bad the fallout for it may be.
- Delaware County Sheriff's Department employees participated together with Margaretteville School District Employees, New York State Child Abuse Register and Delaware County Department of Social Services, in
- forensic interviews of a child without presence, knowledge or consent of her mother;
- while not using proper interviewing techniques;
- while not video- or audio-recording MULTIPLE successive interviews;
- while trying to coerce the child by leading questions to accuse her uncle of sexual child abuse, which the child denied.
- a health condition,
- sudden family circumstances;
- the two latest lawsuits, or
- the previous lawsuit against Derek Bowie, which was settled, but exposed unlawful practices in the Delaware County Sheriff's Department, or the supposedly ongoing FBI investigation of the County, or
- the recent controversy where his employees, working, according to press reports, on a contract from Delaware County Fair Board (in a rent-a-cop capacity),
- removed a woman from the fair grounds for "public disturbance" - for photographing merchandise, Confederate flags, which were on public display -
- hire unqualified violent people on pedigrees and connections,
- allow his staff to fabricate criminal cases,
- intimidate critics of the government and condition ability of defense attorneys (who are suing the county) to visit their clients in jail on allowing searches of their privileged client files, and
- torture pre-trial detainees with starvation -