I wish I could say I’m surprised that deputy chief of staff, Dick Murgatroyd has taken the fifth before the grand jury looking at the merit system hiring practices of the Fletcher Administration.
Murgatroyd, and probably the other three administration officials called to testify, took the fifth for two reasons.
One, he and his lawyer Jack Smith don’t understand technology and the use of technology. Attorney General Greg Stumbo, with the assistance of technical staff, is using e-mails to provide a “paper trail” on the hiring practices of the Fletcher administration. The technology is what is going to hang them.
They remind me of the Dilbert cartoon where Dilbert tells the boss that the token has fallen out of his computer and that he will get an Ethernet to capture it.
From the Courier Journal:
“Murgatroyd's lawyer, Jack Smith, said Murgatroyd invoked his right not to testify because he needs more time to review the allegations.
"It's hard to get your arms around something as vague as this is," Smith said.”
Two, Murgatroyd is again demonstrating the willful arrogance of this administration and its’ belief that the rules don’t apply to them.
Now the question becomes; who will be the first person in the Fletcher administration to seek immunity from prosecution by telling all he knows?