Three down, one to go.

Three white men convicted of hunting down and murdering Ahmaud Arbery (who was murdered for jogging while black in a Georgia suburb) were sentenced this afternoon to life in prison, two of them without the possibility of parole. The focus should now turn to former Georgia district attorney Jackie Johnson, who has been charged with violating her oath of office by showing overt favoritism to the defendants in this case, who were not charged for over 70 days–and may well never have been until video surfaced of the murder.

L. Brooks Patterson and Jessica Cooper are so lucky they served in Oakland County, where there is no such thing as violating your oath of office, let alone public corruption, as long as the tax base stays strong and commercial opportunities abound. Oh, they and Robert Robertson of the MSP knew better than anyone how to make the OCCK “problem” go away. Everybody’s a winner. Except those four dead kids. Life goes on, nobody’s the wiser; the county doesn’t get sued. Get over it.

Would you trust any of those people or their compliant underlings to make any decision for you, in any aspect of your life? They make Jackie Johnson look like a candidate for an ethics award.

“Finally, this case is a lesson in what can happen when good people look the other way and pretend they do not see something they know is wrong and dangerous.”

Retired Palm Beach PD Chief Michael Reiter wrote an opinion piece in the Palm Beach Daily News last week in the wake of the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York after Florida utterly failed to have the courage to bring Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell to justice 15 years ago. It is a concise statement of how evil it is when prosecutors and other agencies bend to the power and influence of someone like these two monsters. It also is yet another reminder of how in the OCCK case, prosecutors and police did the same damn thing, only worse.

Reitner quotes an Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals opinion concerning the rights of Epstein’s victims: “The facts underlying this case, as we understand them, are beyond scandalous–they tell a tale of national disgrace.” The facts underlying the murders of Mark, Jill, Kristine and Tim and the facts underlying the investigation by Oakland County and the Michigan State Police are worse. The “forewarning” to prosecutors on how they can be influenced to fail in their duties to both victims and the public happened the last week of January, 1977, in Flint, Michigan and underscored when my brother was abducted a few short weeks later on March 16, 1977. Underlings who also ignored their oath and moral compass and those not in a position to question authority became the prosecutor’s proxies then and now. This playbook goes way, way back.

National disgrace doesn’t begin to touch the OCCK case. And decades later to keep the lid on, when all else fails, gaslight the victims’ families and treat them like suspects. You wonder in Michigan why you have such a public corruption problem? It is so deeply ingrained and the courage to address it so lacking, that it might just be a terminal national disgrace on many levels. Just a few more people need to die and take secrets to the grave in the OCCK case. That’s all it will take; that was the plan and for a few of these dirty bastards, it has worked out well. Authorities will keep digging for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, but not for answers in the abduction, torture, rape and murder of four children who were held captive for days before being snuffed out. And god forbid anyone look closely at the corruption involved in this investigation. Pay no attention to the man (men) behind the curtain.