In 2004 Ranck was assigned to a police shooting of an unarmed teenager who was accused of committing a burglary. Ranck didn't like what he saw and heard and he said so in his memo.
A police Major called the State Attorneys office and asked that Ranck be removed from the case. He wasn't "playing ball." Fully committed to the belief that "we who work here seek only justice" State Attorney Fernandez-Rundle (hereinafter "Fernandle") promptly removed Ranck from the case. Nixon couldn't have done it any better. See, Archibald Cox.
When Fernandle removed Ranck from the case, Ranck wrote a memo stating that his removal created the appearance that the State Attorneys Office was not impartial in finding out the facts of the shooting.
THE BLOG AND THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT.
Last year Ranck filed a public records request to obtain his own memo and when he received it we posted it on this humble blog.
And here's the DBR covering Ranck and our coverage of this contretemps in May, 2006.
Ranck was promptly suspended without pay for a month.
He hired counsel and sued the State Attorneys Office in Federal Court.
And that's where things are at this point.
Rumpole ponders: 1) memo to Jay Weaver and the Herald: if we're going to do your leg work for you (publish the memo and publish the story about Ranck) the least you can do is put the address of the blog in the article.
2) Ranck had to file a public records request to get his own memo??? Sort of puts a new spin on when prosecutors show up in court and say they don't have their file and are not sure how long it will take to get it.
3) Can anyone imagine Janet Reno removing a prosecutor from a case who challenged a police officer's version of shooting an unarmed man, at the request of the officer's supervisor?
Perhaps we should all chip in an buy Fernandle a "WWJD" bracelet.
(what would Janet do?)
Will Ranck take the stand?
Will Fernandle take the stand?
Will Don Horn take the stand?
WILL RUMPOLE TAKE THE STAND?
Enjoy the weekend, even if it's raining a bit.