Disgraced Democrat State Auditor Troy Kelley had yet another day in court Tuesday, and it became very clear that his legal strategy is not to say that he did not illegally take money from homeowners, but that since everybody was doing it, why should he be punished.
As reported in the Olympian, Kelley is in court now trying to get $908,000 that the government seized from his bank accounts earlier this year. He will get plenty more time in court next year, as “Kelley’s trial is set for March on felony charges that include keeping stolen money, avoiding taxes and money laundering, all related to his former business in the real-estate industry.”
Rather than rely on any innocence of unethical behavior, Kelley instead had his lawyer go after an FBI agent in the opening day of testimony, trying to show that it was common practice in Kelley’s line of work to take money from consumers that you never intended to refund to them, even if they were told refunds would be forthcoming.
The Democrat elected official, who is taking a leave of absence from his current job while his case works through the courts, is still the only Democrat who has filed to run for Auditor next year. I’m sure his party is overjoyed by that prospect.