Crime does not pay ... as well as politics.
-- Alfred E. Newman
For those of you who were holding your breath waiting for the results of the “Quogue matter” involving the S.E.C. claim and indictment involving Mayor Motz – half of the dynamic duo running the Village (his wife Kitrick is the Village judge) – you’ll be happy to know that the back door is still open in the Hamptons, even on the Federal level.
Apparently, as a few learned attorneys have commented, the Christmas Verdict refers to a little known ploy that allows a defendant to go to trial when juries are least likely to convict and most likely to want to NOT be locked in a controversy. The case went to trial on the 19th.
It seems that Motz, or his connected Republican buddies in the Town and Village still know a few important politicians and sympathizers among those who prosecute these matters. Too bad Gonzalez isn’t still running the AG deals. The investment firm will now be convicted (no individuals) and Motz is likely to avoid any untidy outcomes. Money is not the issue, as recompense has been arranged – after the fact, of course. Only jail time was of a concern. Ticket switching is only a crime when Democrats or defendants without Republican connections are involved. There are lots of them in the Hamptons.
Looks like Quogue residents may continue to get what they deserve in Village government.