My blog is about corruption and failure in the family court system. I am posting this article to show an example of how the abuses of power committed by public representatives endanger the public welfare as a whole. That is to say, corruption and systemic failures are not isolated to family court but occur in every level of government.
August 25, 2015: Two Minnesota law makers were issued citations after a Dakota County sheriff’s officer allegedly caught them “making out”, and engaging intimate activity, while parked in a car in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. State Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, and Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, both were issued a $260 fine.
Kelly and Mack, who are both married to other people, deny any impropriety happened. According to the Pioneer Press, “Kelly said he had had simply met Mack to receive some documents.” It is unclear as to why the documents could not be exchanged in a more public location. Certainly if this were true – safety should have been a concern, especially if the documents contained sensitive information. Mack says she will be filing a complaint with the sheriff’s office.
Read the full story at the Pioneer Press (by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Marino Eccher): Citation: two lawmakers caught ‘making out’ in park; lawmakers: ‘completely false’ and a ‘lie’
Tim Kelly and Tara Mack were clearly caught engaging in criminal behavior – even if minor, their actions violated the law, and violated basic public decency. Their response has been to accuse the sheriff’s office of harassing them, and filing false charges against them. Yet their own story does not even make sense. Do these people really think they are above the law?
Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a 2,000 acre park known for its beautiful trails that wind through preserved woodlands, and around Jensen Lake. Due to the high traffic throughout the park, and its rural location, it is regularly patrolled by the Dakota County Sheriff’s office. Visitors to the park note the Sheriff patrols as a benefit in several public comments (posted online) because they feel more safe visiting or camping at the park with a police presence.
It would not be unusual to have an officer in the park at the time Kelly and Mack were questioned.
Second, why do two married representatives need to meet in a wooded, out of the way location to discuss “business”? The temperature was near the 80’s that day, and it would be considerably higher inside of a car, does that really make sense to meet that way – surely Mack had an office location nearby?
I know that this is a relatively minor incident but I believe that our government becomes corrupt, and dysfunctional, when it’s leaders and officers feel that the law does not apply to them…when the leaders get away with small things, inevitably it leads to even bigger acts. In reality, there are no “small things”.
— Emily Court, 2015