THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
We would guess the 18 men and women who served on the grand jury that, on Monday, returned 17 indictments against Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates will soon join the myriad people blamed for her downward spiral.
Absent from that list is Oates herself, who has blamed any and everyone, including members of her current town council, the Local Government Commission (LGC),previous Princeville administrations and even reporter Calvin Adkins of this newspaper.
Despite the fact the town’s finances were in such disarray that even Winnie the Pooh could have let out a string of expletive-deleted “Oh, bothers,” Everette-Oates accused the LGC of plotting against her, commissioner Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and former interim town manager Maggie Boyd.
Consider her comments in July when the town board cast a vote that kept the LGC and SBI investigation alive:
“What they’re doing they’re trying to frame us. It’s not going to work. They’re not going to frame me, they’re not going to frame Isabelle, and they’re not going to frame Maggie Boyd. I’m not going to let that to happen. This is another attack on us by our opponents and the Local Government Commission.”
Her honor, the mayor, has practiced denial from Day One in regards to this issue, but we believe it’s moved beyond that.
Denial, in ordinary English usage, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true.The same word, and also abnegation, is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.
While we’ve not been privy to the ins and outs of the SBI investigation, the fact there was enough of it that 17 true bills were returned would lead one to believe the evidence is, indeed, overwhelming.
That’s a point of contention for Everette-Oates and her attorney, Malvern F. King, Jr., and those who would applaud the action of the grand jury, because even if there was sufficient evidence for indictment 17 times over, she is still guaranteed her day in court.
That day is coming — and there’s no denying that.