There’s kind of a standing joke among Connecticut law watchers that when Hubie Santos takes a case, there’s a good chance that many of its interested parties will die of old age before its resolution. Sample joke: “If Hubie had been Benedict Arnold’s lawyer, Benedict would have had a full life, and his case would be on the Supreme Court calendar this year.” Hubie is the master of Jarndycean delay. In the face of Eddie Perez, he had sort of a reverse running start. This was a very pokey scandal from its very beginning. The story will turn six years old this year, and it still awaits resolution.
And I have to confess that Hubie is working his sleepy enchantment on me. Reading today’s coverage, I found myself thinking: maybe this has gone on long enough. I know that’s not right, but I feel it. The right thing is for him to do a little time, because otherwise we’ve sent no message at all about corruption. But if judge ordered a new trial (unlikely) … well the whole prospect seems sad and exhausting.
And before you commenters start assailing me, do understand that I can produce a raft of columns and blog posts spread out over many years urging justice and Eddie’s removal. I even took on my own employer, this newspaper, when it endorsed Eddie in 2007. And, in moments of clarity, I understand why it still matters.