Read these posts by the Boise Guardian to get an idea of what’s going on there in the Dynamis-Ada County trash-to-energy project.
I was particularly impressed with the Guardian’s editor recognizing something we in Kootenai County have known for quite some time. It was in the post titled Group Drops Another Bombshell On Dynamis-Ada Deal, Law Should Allow AG To Investigate:
CHANGE IN IDAHO CODE NEEDED
There has been a deteriorating confidence in local government, due in part to the lack of oversight by a higher authority such as the state government. Under current Idaho law, the local Prosecuting Attorney has the sole authority to investigate and prosecute violations of state law in the county. In essence the locals can do as they please.
A local prosecutor holds more authority than the Attorney General and if the prosecutor is crooked or inept, there is no recourse for decent citizens, short of a federal case which is very difficult to obtain. The AG can act only at the request of the local prosecutor.
The GUARDIAN thinks we need legislation to give the Idaho Attorney General CONCURRENT JURISDICTION with local prosecutors to prosecute violations of Idaho code throughout the state. That way, when the local prosecutor refuses to act or is crooked, the AG can step in on behalf the honest decent citizens. This would be no different than the current law giving Idaho State Police concurrent jurisdiction with county sheriffs. The Sheriff is the top copper of the county, but he can’t keep ISP out.
A-freakin’-men! The reason stated for the law as it’s presently written is supposedly to allow “local control over local officials.” But as Guardian editor David Frazier correctly points out:
A local prosecutor holds more authority than the Attorney General and if the prosecutor is crooked or inept, there is no recourse for decent citizens, short of a federal case which is very difficult to obtain.
If the county prosecutor is himself or herself inept or corrupt, there is nowhere to turn.