In April 2014, Deputy District Attorney Tricia Hanson had the chance to prove she was ready to be the next DA. She failed. Rather than uphold the law, Hanson looked the other way when her boss, Rich Chiapete, was arrested for drunk driving, hit and run and lying to police officers — a class A misdemeanor for which people are sent to jail.
In my opinion, as second in command, Hanson should have called for a special prosecutor to review the charges and acted to protect the integrity of the Racine DA’s office. Instead, Hanson played politics. Chiapete was allowed to pay a minimal fine and go home a few hours later. We should all be so lucky. It’s little wonder why Chiapete picked her to replace him.
Recent events have shown Hanson doesn’t have much regard for the law, or for rules that apply to others, but her disregard started much earlier.
Tom Binger has far more jury trial experience than Hanson and he will be a breath of fresh air the DA’s office in Racine needs. Vote for Tom Binger on Nov. 8.