Questions About Tierney

In October, when the charges against Patrice Tierney first became public, the Globe wrote this about John Tierney's awareness of what his wife and brother-in-law were up to:

Yesterday, he told the Globe that he was aware of his wife’s involvement with her brother’s finances but that he was not aware of the particulars.

If that is true, then it seems to me that Rep. Tierney has made serious transgressions. Now, however, the word is that:

John Tierney, a former Salem attorney and the Massachusetts Sixth District's representative since 1997, has repeatedly denied any knowledge of his wife's financial dealing concerning her brother.

Which is true, I wonder?

Outside the courthouse yesterday, Tierney’s lawyer, Donald K. Stern... also acknowledged that Tierney had profited from her brother’s accounts, taking some $20,000 to $30,000 a year in gifts.

A member of congress, filling out financial disclosure forms, has a responsibility to do some due diligence, and to know where the money comes from the he's using, in part, to pay his bills.

Prosecutors had recommended she receive 90 days house arrest plus two years probation.

I'm sure you're surprised that prosecutors wanted to go easy on Patrice because her husband is a member of congress. Judge Young, however, wasn't buying into the idea of a separate set of rules for the powerful. Nor was he buying the attempt to spin her crimes as a mistake.

“This isn’t a mistake,’’ Young said from the bench. “People aren’t guilty of tax crimes because they make mistakes.’’

She could have received up to six months in prison, he said.

The coverup is what I find disturbing. Will John simply go on with life as usual without facing appropriate scrutiny while his wife takes the fall?