The FBI Detroit Division has created an email for the public to report suspicion of public corruption directly to FBI special agents and analysts. https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/detroit/news/press-releases/fbi-detroit-launches-public-corruption-reporting-email. Anyone with information about public corruption anywhere in Michigan should report it directly to FBI Detroit special agents and analysts at MichiganCorruption@fbi.gov. If you prefer to do so anonymously, you can call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips online at tips.fbi.gov.

Public corruption occurs when anyone who works for the government—local, state, or federal—conducts an official act in exchange for money, goods, or services. It also includes public employees who take something of value for their own personal gain. Public corruption could include bribery, kickbacks, or bid-rigging. It might even mean that no action is taken—like not enforcing or imposing certain local regulations.

‘Most public officials are committed to serving their communities with integrity. Unfortunately, we continue to see elected and appointed officials across the state of Michigan who use their positions for personal gain,’ said FBI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters. ‘The FBI has a solemn responsibility to investigate allegations of public corruption and we are asking the public’s help to identify those officials who are abusing their positions and the public’s trust.’


So yet another project for me. Do you think they will assign the tip about public corruption in the OCCK case to SA Sean Callaghan, who has worked closely with the Michigan State Police and the Oakland County Prosecutor in the past (and in fact was an assistant prosecutor in the OCP before becoming an FBI agent) to derail tips and the work of Det. Cory Williams and to punish my family for speaking up and asking questions? That seems like the definition of a circular file if ever there was one.

And then we have the further circular argument–public corruption is notoriously hard to prove, in this case it took place in and after January 1977 and continues to this day by the actions of Jessica Cooper and Paul Walton and the inaction of the current prosecutor, Karen McDonald. Most of the players are dead. So, end of discussion.

If you want something like what happened in the OCCK investigation to happen again, take this approach. Stick your head in the sand and tell me again how great L. Brooks Patterson was for Oakland County.

I offer a parallel. I happen to think that the late Senator Ted Kennedy advanced and supported some important legislation over the course of his lifetime. Does that make him any less culpable for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne? Does it make him any less of a shit bag for driving drunk into a pond, freeing himself and walking back to his hotel to sleep it off while his 28-year-old passenger drown in the car, and not immediately going for help? Do his legislative good works absolve him and his enablers for lying and attempting to cover up what happened? I think not.

Last fall, The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton, Michigan asked voters to consider a report by the Center for Public Integrity of government accountability and transparency, Michigan ranked dead last among all 50 states in several categories. Its overall grade, therefore, was an F. https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2020/09/raising-alarm-bells-across-michigan-a-look-at-the-unfortunate-state-of-the-state/. As noted here before, the degree of corruption in Michigan state government, across all branches, compelled U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider, in June, 2019, to declare that Michigan is the nation’s most corrupt state. https://catherinebroad.blog/2019/10/27/how-government-keeps-secrets-it-shouldnt-be-keeping/.

‘The level of corruption in Michigan is staggering,‘ reported Detroit’s metrotimes.com on June 5, 2019. ‘It’s Democrats, it’s Republicans, it’s the entire political establishment, which is mostly a cesspool of morally bankrupt dirtbags working on behalf of corporations and the wealthy instead of the middle and lower class.

. . .

‘Until the state’s anchors and reporters replace their lapdog instincts with a drive to to take down those working on behalf of the powerful, Michigan will remain the nation’s most corrupt state.

The Daily Mining Gazette, 9-3-20, quoting Detroit metrotimes.com, 6-5-19

You have a very long history of this, Oakland County. As long as elected officials see personal gain and voters do not see past their county’s prosperous facade, nothing will ever change.

Somebody needs to step up in this case besides a victim’s family. I’m talking to the few people left who know what went down the last week of January 1977 and all of the machinations that have followed to make sure this was never exposed and therefore that the OCCK case was never solved. I know you want to take it to the grave like your coconspirator cowards. Good luck with that.

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