Joe Hogsett Wants To Be Marion County Prosecutor, Or Mayor, Or Something Like That

He is suppose to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, but Joe Hogsett would rather devote his time fighting street crimes in Indianapolis that are clearly under the purview of the Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office. Apparently Marion Co. Prosecutor Terry Curry is more than happy to cede his job to the consummate political hack that likes seeing his name in print and on TV. The Star's Carrie Ritchie reports:

“Fighting and reducing violent crime, not only in Marion County but throughout the southern district of Indiana, is a priority if not one of the most important priorities of the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Hogsett said.

The partnership, which is three or four weeks old, has already yielded results, he said.

More than 10 people have been indicted, and drugs and more than 30 guns have been seized.

Hogsett couldn’t estimate how much the crackdown might cost, but he said he and his partners will search for federal funding to keep the partnership alive.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and IMPD Police Chief Paul Ciesielski joined Hogsett today to announce their support for the partnership.

“I am very tired of people pretending that we don’t have a gang problem in Marion County and talking about gang wannabes when the reality is, go to any neighborhood, and they will tell you that there’s graffiti on the walls, that there’s harassment,” Curry said. “Even if it’s low-level gang activity, it’s affecting the quality of life in neighborhoods across our county.”

Curry will send one of his attorneys to Hogsett’s office to help determine when federal charges could apply to cases.
A few weeks ago, Hogsett was telling Star political columnist Matt Tully during an interview how education was a big priority for him as U.S. Attorney. Whatever.

Indianapolis is the top city in America to engage in political corruption because the partisan elected county prosecutor refuses to investigate corruption in state and local government, and because only political hacks like Hogsett are chosen to run the U.S. Attorney's Office. There is pretty much blanket immunity granted to the political insiders to engage in as much political corruption as their hearts desire. I've lived in Indianapolis a little more than 20 years. During that time, this U.S. Attorney's Office has been obsessed with prosecuting low-level drug dealers (who are probably encroaching too much on the approved drug dealers' turf), losers who collect child pornography (usually in a victimless manner) and your garden variety criminals that could have just as easily been prosecuted by the county prosecutor. The U.S. Attorney's Office had to be dragged kicking and screaming to bring charges against Ponzi scheme operator Tim Durham and two of his co-conspirators, but signs suggest that many others equally culpable will escape prosecution altogether. The political insiders will simply go on raping, pillaging and plundering at will for their personal gain because the prosecutors have their back. Nothing ever changes in Naptown.