Judge Dredd is backpedaling faster than the DBs at the NFL Combine on this airline ticket issue. First she's adamant that she's done no wrong. But now, she's sent a letter (PDF) to the US Attorney for the Western District, Johnny Sutton. In this letter she offers to deputize anyone from Sutton's office to act as Bexar County ADAs and to investigate for prosecution ONLY in Bexar County and ONLY under state law.
So, what exactly is it she's offering? She knows that this was a FEDERAL investigation. She knows these were FEDERAL charges, but she offers to have FEDERAL prosecutors investigate for STATE charges and limit it only to her home county? This is a smokescreen.
If she had any inclination to have an independent investigation done she could simply appoint a special prosecutor. But doing it with the US Attorney she's passing the buck because there's no reason for Sutton to accept these "terms". The request to forward his "findings" to Texas AG Greg Abbott is hollow as well because she knows that Sutton won't accept. It's not even clear that he can.
When are the Bexar County Democrats going to sack up and run someone against her?