Some Less Equal Under the Law
It’s hard to see any winners in the indictment this week of former Treasurer Timothy Cahill on charges that he used public funded Lottery ads for political gain. Some of the actions of Cahill and his campaign staff look foolish, at best. But Attorney General Martha Coakley’s indictment uses the blunt instrument of criminal charges to draw difficult lines that call for a finer point — and better judgment. Unfortunately, this will raise questions about whether this indictment for using public resources for political gain is — ironically — overly political.