Friday, August 13, 2010

“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck”

I can't help but feel a little sorry for City Councilor Brian Bigelow. Arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit the services of a prostitute, Bigelow has had to deal with both the public humiliation and the personal and private pain this has brought to him and his family. This silly little incident has the ability to completely derail his life of course he's pleaded not guilty and he's innocent until proven guilty and he'll get his day in court. But…

"If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck"

Really, I want to be open minded here but how is he innocent? More to the point how do you get falsely arrested for trying to solicit? Somebody said to me it was like walking out of a store and "accidently" having merchandise in your pocket. But I could allow for that, hell that was the premise to the movie My Cousin Vinny. How do you accidently go up to someone you think is a prostitute and offer money in exchange for sex?

And here's the problem, no matter what happens when he gets his day in court he's screwed. If he's found guilty chances are he's getting his ass canned from his job with the Sheriff (he's already on paid leave), he'll likely be kicked off the board of Diman and there may be enough pressure to force him to resign. However if he's found not guilty, if the case is dismissed or otherwise goes away everyone, I mean EVERYONE, will just assume the fix was in, which is going to leave a pretty bad taste in everyone's mouth and STILL may cost him his job and his role as a public servant.

Now if Brian is innocent, as hard as I find that to believe, well then he's in a really tough and unfortunate situation. But if he's guilty, it seems to me he should have pleaded guilty, publically acknowledged that he made an awful mistake and made all of the appropriate apologies and hopefully put all of this behind him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I also felt bad for his family when I first heard the news. I didn't feel bad for Brian, however. He is known in the Sheriff's office as an ass petter, and he likes to touch women inappropriately. In addition, he may just be a porn addict, because from what I hear the Sheriff's office has confiscated his computer to investigate him further.

If Mr. Bigelow is all of these things, then he needs help. Getting arrested so publicly could be that cry.