05-14-13 WC...U Follow-Up: WCSO Lawsuit
The Second Key Event: Corruption In Whatcom County
As reported previously, there were two significant events leading up to former Deputy Sheriff Paul Murphy's running afoul of the WCSO administration, ie; Bill Elfo, and the subsequent decisions to go after him to eliminate him from the employment roster. This post will delve into the second key event, corruption in Whatcom County, Washington.
In a previous post, it was described what happened when Murphy reported a supervisor for his misconduct in regards to an off-duty relationship with a minor female. That alone probably caused Murphy to lose the support and good relationship with Elfo, who saw to it that the entire thing was buried and hidden from the public so that Cooley could be promptly promoted.
But if the Cooley reporting alone cause Elfo to change his opinion of Murphy, this next event certainly caused the divide between the two to widen.
Now trying to put oneself into Murphy's shoes in these matters, it appears that Murphy is of the opinion that he's doing the right things, for the right reasons. He still thinks the people that should have his back, do have his back and that although perhaps not an admirable duty to pursue what was inadvertently discovered, it is still his duty to pursue it nonetheless.
As far as sheer corruption goes, this one is easily the bigger of the two because this one involves the local courts, the county public defender's office and perhaps other officials, maybe even the county prosecutor to some degree. The case was prematurely halted for reasons that are not clear at this time, so it's difficult to determine how far this went.
If that weren't bad enough, there appears to be a nexus to the murder of 4 Lakewood PD police officers in 2009, where the killer, Maurice Clemmons, not widely reported, was on electronic home monitoring, but had defeated the system 4 days prior to the brutal murders that left the 4 police officers dead. This was the very flaw Murphy discovered in 2007, which was made, by every indication thus far, to simply disappear.
In the fallout of this major discovery, Murphy was being directed to delete crucial county emails, to hand over case files and other records that just happen to prove Murphy's involvement in this investigation, his investigation in fact, as well as FBI involvement in latter stages where a Grand Jury heard evidence related to the findings.
The fact that a Grand Jury was empaneled on the matter by Seattle Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) Carl Blackstone, would seem to corroborate Murphy's account that the findings amounted to probable cause for the issuance of a subpoena for key electronic records from the only electronic monitoring technology provider in the country, proving the alleged claims and Murphy's findings. This would be the federal equivalent of a search warrant.
How could any of this have occurred if "it didn't happen" as county insiders have alleged Bill Elfo has been telling people and making known amongst their inner circles?
It's a complicated case though, but Murphy took the time to put together a web based PowerPoint slide show describing in detail, with names redacted, describing what electronic home monitoring is, how it works and most significantly how electronic home monitoring was being circumvented by private party monitoring subscribers, apparently in collusion with the county public defenders office, the courts and possibly the prosecutors office as well.
This case is a very far reaching and of sufficient complexity that it's difficult on one pass to grasp the significance of what he's reported here.
Give this one some careful thought though. There are 3,141 counties in the United States, each with an electronic home monitoring program presumably. What if there was a known loophole that allowed people to be accounted for, but only on paper and only officially through court records and such, but in a physical sense and unofficially, totally off-lead and completely unaccountable?
That's what happened in the case of Maurice Clemmons.
That's also what happened in the more recent Colorado case of murder suspect