The video we have of the Sheriff and former DA does not show them drinking together. It lasts about 4 seconds and is video of the Sheriff and his wife walking out of a bar with the former DA. The Sheriff's wife drove the Sheriff home, and the former DA drove himself.
This was videotaped on the first night we followed the former DA. It was really a scouting mission to see if the tips about him were true.
Only on the 4th day of following him did we know his routine well enough to have hidden cameras set up to document all of his actions at the different locations.
The Sheriff was not there that time, nor was he there the 2nd and 3rd nights we scouted the former DA's routine.
I did contact the Sheriff about that first night and asked how much he thought the former DA had to drink. The Sheriff told me he thought the former DA may have had 1 or 2. He made a point to say the former DA was not intoxicated. We had no video from that first night to refute the Sheriff, we only had a witness who saw the former DA drinking a beer.
Surprisingly, even though we had the entire 4th night documented on videotape, some people in the former DA's circle spread false rumors about the story. We offered the former DA and anyone else who questioned the video to come to the station and view the raw video for themselves. No one ever did.
Just got a text that neither you nor Pam will be able to make it to view the Maketa Q&A this week. Too bad. Let me know when and I'll make sure we keep it for a while.
Nice editorial, but I do want to clarify a few things since I'm the one who was at the "news conference."
First - I believe the "news conference" only involved the media outlets who called the Sheriff's Office for a comment on the Indy story. I called at 10am, and also put in an open records request to look at the information contained in the article. I do know Fox 21 also called, and I would guess 13 did too - we were the only 3 there.
I was told the Sheriff would be available in the afternoon and they'd get back to me on the public records. The records were available to me at approximately 4pm. I was able to view them for about 15 minutes before a county attorney said they realized they could charge News First 5 the same amount they charged the Indy -- $340. Given that fact, and the fact the Sheriff was making himself available for interviews shortly, we decided we would revisit the open records, and hustle over to get the Sheriff's reaction to the story.
Second - the Sheriff's Q&A finished a little before 6pm. I tried once to get a hold of Pam after the news conference, but since I was on overtime and had a prior family commitment which I was late for, I was not able to persist and get a hold of her that night. That is why we only did a brief story that night at 10pm and we left out the Sheriff's criticisms of Pam, and said we hope to have more info as soon as possible.
I did get a hold of Pam the next day. I offered her, and by extension yourself, the opportunity to watch the entire raw Maketa Q&A. I was told you couldn't make it, so we planned for the 2 of you to view it the following Wednesday. On that Wednesday, Pam said you were busy and couldn't make it, so we planned on a viewing the following Thursday (the day this editorial came out). I certainly hope you can make it.
Third - Since I only had 15 minutes to look at the voluminous stacks of public records, I was not able to independently verify the great work Pam did and I was not as prepared for a Q&A as I usually am. I did ask the Sheriff if he would take a lie detector test, and I asked him if he's ever slept with any subordinates, which are the 2 questions that cut to the chase.
Thanks and hope you can make it to watch the Q&A,
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