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Editorial: This book propped open

The hundreds of page of testimony taken last February as part of ex-cop Christopher Hughes’s lawsuit are full of inconsistencies, but the one factor that binds most town employees together is a sudden bout of amnesia when it comes to sensitive matters, most notably this 2009 investigation. This sort of thing is why an external inquiry should have been undertaken in the first place.

We have to wonder if the internal investigation’s outcome would have been different if the person doing the questioning was not the superior of those involved, or the direct subordinate of the man under scrutiny.

The people of Bethlehem are left with three plausible scenarios. Either Corsi has been done a massive disservice by a rumor mill; town leaders were given some questionable legal advice, then simplified the story for the sake of perception; or the internal investigation into these events was doomed from the get go because rank-and-file employees would rather bend the truth and keep their heads down than risk their livelihood by implicating their boss in a crime.

Without more information, we’re not much closer to an answer, especially considering the startling forgetfulness rampant in the Police Department. The exception to this “I don’t recall” culture is Cunningham (also the only person deposed not currently under town employ, besides Hughes himself) who through his two-and-a-half hour deposition is generally willing to give full explanations to the questions asked of him and is rarely evasive.

Now if only we could get the same treatment from the rest of Town Hall, and perhaps we could put this matter to rest once and for all.

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