|Indicted Councillor Paul Bateman|
If convicted, the Star reports that it's conceivable that Bateman could spend the rest of his life behind bars with a total of 260 years in prison if the maximum sentence were given to him. Also indicted by the feds were Manuel Gonzalez and Michael Russell.
Bateman, a Democrat, is the latest example of a City-County Councillor in trouble with the law. Lincoln Plowman, a Republican, was convicted earlier this year in a bribery and attempted extortion case and is serving 40 months in prison.
Why do City-County Councillors seem to do this? Well, I don't think there's an easy answer. Why do seemingly good people go bad? It makes no sense to me. Granted, this is just an indictment, and Bateman will now have his day in court, but the things he's accused of doing are just despicable.
What does make sense is the aggressiveness with which Joe Hogsett is doing his job as U.S. Attorney. It seems like every few days, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indianapolis is in the news for something. Certainly, Barack Obama has to be proud of his appointee.