Ethics Allegations against Ragsdale Administration; Debate over Health Care Reform
Broadcast Date: August 23, 2009
After a long hearing, the Knox County Ethics Committee voted to send allegations of official oppression against Mayor Mike Ragsdale, spokesman Dwight Van Devate and Finance Director John Troyer to the district attorney's office. The allegations were made by County Auditor Richard Walls.
If found guilty of the charges, the three county officials could be sentenced to jail time. Official oppression is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.
The findings of the ethics committee do not constitute guilt, but like a grand jury, in the minds of a majority of members there was enough information to proceed forward.
The vote was not unanimous. Elaine Davis, who voted to send the charge to the DA's office, and Chris Etters, who voted against, join Gene Patterson in this week's first segment.
As President Obama attempts to overhaul the nation's health care system, congressmen across the country are gauging their constituents feelings about it through a series of town hall meetings.
Some of those meetings have produced fireworks, as many have turned out in opposition to the president's plan.
6 News political analyst George Korda and Mike Cohen, an executive with Ackerman Public Relations, discuss whether the town halls accomplish anything, or if they'r just an opportunity for people to sound off.