Mayor shaw fought the law and.... guess who won?
Mayor Jim Shaw said Wednesday that he has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid a $100 fine to settle an incident in which he was involved on Aug. 11 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
After returning to Rapid City, Shaw conducted a news conference in which he said he didn’t believe he did anything wrong and that he would plead not guilty to the charges and likely go to trial.
But on Wednesday, he said, “By going to trial, I would have had to make at least two trips of several days each to Des Moines. Although I personally would have preferred to have my day in court, because Iowa officials dismissed one ticket completely and reduced the other to the lowest level possible, I believe my acceptance of their settlement offer was the best action for me to take. I did not ask for, nor was I given, any preferential treatment because of my elected position.”
Shaw said he accepted the settlement offer from the Polk County (Iowa) Attorney’s Office to plead guilty by mail to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and pay the standard $100 fine.
“I now consider the entire matter settled and finished,” Shaw said in the news release. “I wish to thank the dozens and dozens of people from Iowa who have contacted me to express their disappointment and embarrassment with the way this matter was handled by the Iowa State Fair and their private security force.”
Read it all here.
Whoa. Sorry. I was getting dizzy from all of that spin. Should we translate for the less politically asute?
I think what we can infer is that after initially puffing up his chest, I'm guessing he wanted this to go away without ever having sworn testimony offered by the arresting officer and the witnesses. A misdemeanor disorderly conduct ticket is one thing, but sworn testimony which would be dissected by the media over a period of weeks would be like a stake through a politicians heart.