The Daily News reports that, following the Red Alert: Library Board Meets Legally! warning from our colleague Owen Robinson over at Boots and Sabers, and the remarkably quick -- and adolescent -- diatribe from from Mark Belling ....
-- nothing happened.
The library board checked the city attorney's legal ruling with a second attorney at no cost to anyone, and now it's back to business as usual.
And for this Senor Belling puts on a little insulin crash for us? Nice. Maybe it's too much sugar in his diet.
Here's an excerpt from the The Daily News report:
Schanning’s e-mail also pointed out that it was inappropriate for a city official to publicly release an internal email she wrote June 15, which appeared verbatim later that same day on the Boots and Sabers blog run by Owen Robinson, a Daily News columnist.So, some naughty new member of the library board wasn't only Owen's snitch, but actually violated attorney-client privilege. Good thing whoever it is has friends like Messrs. Robinson and Belling. I'm sure they'll put up bail.
That e-mail was sent to Library Board trustees, Tyree, Mayor Kristine Deiss and the Common Council aldermen. Making that e-mail public violated attorney-client privilege, Schanning said.
The June 17 e-mail, which discussed the Library Board’s June 18 special meeting agenda, was sent by Schanning at 2:32 p.m. It appeared on the Boots and Sabers blog at 9 p.m. that same day, then was picked up by at least one other local blog, and by a Milwaukee radio personality June 18.
I guess the real lesson for our young people is that it is possible to go off half-cocked, insult people you don't know, make claims about social and economic structures without any experience or education, and still get paid a lot of money to do all of this on TV -- or start thinking about running for political office.