Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gibbons and Godwin: Media Darlings

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM

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Just got this press release from Jennifer Donnals (DA Bill Gibbons' PR person) and thought I'd share it:

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons and Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin will hold a news conference this afternoon at the Marina Cove Apartments to announce a public nuisance action filed against the owners. The sprawling property has essentially been abandoned for more than 5 years and has fallen into disrepair. The complex is not only an eyesore in the Hickory Hill community; it has become a public safety and health concern. The dilapidated complex has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, rats and snakes; it's been burglarized, vandalized, and burned; litter, trash, and debris have been illegally dumped throughout the property.

Gibbons and Godwin will describe in detail the problems at Marina Cove and will take media on a tour around the complex. I've attached some photos taken by MPD to illustrate just how bad this place is! Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy and Memphis City Councilman Harold Collins will also be at the news conference. Both represent the Hickory Hill area.

Memphis' Law and Order tag-team is at it again. One question: Is this really necessary? Really? What purpose is served by this dog-and-pony show — other than the obvious: fluffing the careers and public image of Godwin and Gibbons? Shutting down an apartment complex is a public health issue, not a reason for the city's top law-enforcement officials to hold a press conference. I hope the rest of the local media don't fall for this silliness. They trot out this routine all the time — for closing a topless joint, for announcing an arrest, etc. It's getting tiresome. Remember the old adage about crying wolf once too often, fellas.

Maybe I'm old. I remember a time when DA's didn't have PR people on the public payroll. (Nothing against Jennifer, who's the hardest-working agent in local show-biz.)

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