Jeff Perry: The cover-up is always worse than the crime

The whitewash begins... and abruptly blows up
Cape Cod Times strange editorial is followed by another Globe exposé

By Walter Brooks

Poor George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times. No sooner does he write two excellent articles about State Rep. Jeff Perry's lying to The Times and the voters about what happened while he was a Police Sergeant in Wareham, but his editors cut him off at the knees with a really sick lead editorial asking their readers to forgive Perry's despicable conduct.

Brennan wrote two reports, and while admitted short when compared with the detailed account of Perry's tawdry conduct written by Richard Latimer here a month earlier and the one in today's Boston Globe by Donovan Slack, they showed a professional journalist's efforts at uncovering the truth for readers. His first article ended with this line,

None of the documents released yesterday pertained to the 1991 strip search. The Times has requested, but not yet received, documents from the Plymouth County District Attorney's office, which investigated the 1991 incident.

The Plymouth County District Attorney is a Republican, one of only two left in the state. DA Timothy Cruz belongs to a small group of Republican officeholders in Southeastern Massachusetts which includes:

  • Plymouth DA Timothy Cruz
  • Cape & Islands DA Michael O'Keefe
  • Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings
  • State Rep. Jeff Perry

Plymouth District Attorney Cruz stonewalls the press

A club that small can't afford to lose members, and who knows what Plymouth DA Cruz knows about Perry during the investigations of his conduct in 1991 and 1992? After all, Cruz has been an Assistant DA there since 1985, and may have good reasons to be stonewalling The Times and The Globe on their Freedom Of  Information (F.O.I.) requests about the 1991 incident where a 14-year-old girl was strip-searched.

Yesterday's lead editorial in the Cape Cod Times showed a remarkable lack of timing and common sense from a newspaper which is bleeding circulation after a decade of biased reporting on Cape Wind. It seemed to say, "forgive the poor boy, he was only 30 at the time and a lowly police sergeant."

The newspaper has not received DA Cruz's information, but it is willing to ask you to vote for a man with such a bad, perhaps evil, ethical code, and to allow him to represent you in the United States Congress in a seat once held by President John Quincy Adams.

The editorial is a whitewash of a scoundrel, and its timing was such that The Globe scooped them again in their own backyard.

The Cape Cod Times strange editorial reasoning concluded:

The quickest way to conclude this matter is for Perry to admit he could have handled the incident better... It is time to move on. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on