Is the Phelps Investigation Going Too Far?

13 03 2009

Michael Phelps made world wide headlines in November 2008 when cell phone photos surfaced showing him apparently using a pot pipe.  Since then the Columbia South Carolina Sheriff’s Department has arrested 8 people associated with the incident… asked them all kinds of questions about Phelps… but they have not arrested Phelps himself.  And with the maximum charges that appear to be possible being a misdemeanor, it’s starting to seem like the Sheriff Mr. Leon Lott might be going too far.  He seems to be spending an inordinate amount of the tax payer’s money and the valuable time of the investigators and other staff in his department on this investigation.

Forget about the fact that our current President of the United States and the last 2 Presidents were all admitted “users” at one time or another during their youth, the media frenzy surrounding this case was HUGE. Is it possible the Sherrif is using that to get favorable media attention for himself?

Columbia SC criminal defense lawyer Jack Swerling has been quoted in numerous national media sources during the last 4 months and I picked this up from “The Liberty Papers”:

”The efforts that are being made here are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” said Jack Swerling, a defense attorney in South Carolina. ”I know Leon Lott, I know him to be an honorable guy. I’ve known him for 30 something years. But the efforts here are extraordinary on simple possession cases.”

http://www.thelibertypapers.org/2009/02/13/leave-michael-phelps-alone/

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So if our President can stand up and admit it… and it did not prevent him from getting elected President… is it getting a little ABSURD that the Sheriff in Columbia SC is spending so much tax payer money on this thing? Should we just go ahead and get ready to vote for Phelps for President?

Mr. Obama was quoted in the Herald Tribune when he was a Senator on the campaign trail:

For one thing, he said, “When I was a kid, I inhaled.”

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/10/24/news/dems.php