Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"The U's double dipper gets a state appointment!"

Three different people, so far, have called this matter to my attention. One of them used the phrase quoted above. (S)he also commented that the situation was: "unbelievable."

Quotations from Our Leadership

"I think people will think what they want to think," Cerra said, in response to possible criticisms of appointing someone who is under investigation. [Daily: 30 July 2008]

"I think we need to put ourselves in the position of acting according to the highest ethical principles. I believe our people do that now and I believe our people will be doing that in the future as well." President Bruininks (Daily: 6-18-08)

"We will try to piece this together in regard to whether something serious has indeed happened here in regard to so-called double-dipping."

Mark Rotenberg, U of M general counsel

"Obviously, the situation that happened to Francois Sainfort and Julie Jacko has not been a positive one for us," Finnegan said. (Strib, 30 August '08)

Have they been charged, tried or convicted of anything either here or in Minnesota? No? Well that does it, then. They must be guilty. Whatever happened to getting your day in court? [finne001, Aug. 30]

Perhaps Counsel Rotenberg has been too busy with other activities to do his job on this one?

Please see:

The Strib monitors recent developments in the Sainfort/Jacko debacle.

Mentioned in a commentary almost a year old.

Maybe Rotenberg, Finnegan, and Cerra think that if you ignore a problem long enough it will go away, or at least that people will forget about it?


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