I did not make any distinction between official and unofficial counts (and you know exactly what I mean) because I was attempting to show that the dispute was legitimate and not a product of dishonesty. It was my insistence on legitimizing the dispute that put me way over my word limit. I could have just let people assume the worst, as some people are doing anyway. While I did not try to attend, the Phoenix told me the critical part was behind closed doors and subject to an (obviously ineffective) gag order at the time. Yes, there was, as you say, a public hearing eventually. But, you know what? I'm willing to spot you every error the Cherokee Supreme Court made--the trespass on the executive, the secrecy, the timing, EVERY error--and just look at the written opinion. It stands as a pitiful attempt to deal with issues obviously beyond the capacity of the writers, an embarrassment to the Cherokee Nation and to all of Indian county. You can nitpick the facts with half-truths but you cannot erase what was written or make what was written respectable.
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 18:40