Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 | Malice as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is “the intent to cause harm without legal justification or excuse.” After 18 months of enduring City Attorney Mike Aguirre’s malicious persecution, a public response is overdue. My friends and family, and the people who know me, know that I am an honest and honorable man. Those who actually know Mike know that he is neither.

After San Diego Chief of Police William Lansdowne refused to serve Aguirre’s questionable search warrant; after Superior Court Judge Michael Wellington barred the City Attorney’s office from prosecuting me because of Aguirre’s numerous violations of professional conduct; and after the Ethics Commission found “[there is] no evidence to support any of the allegations described in the criminal complaint,” Aguirre continues to assert that I broke the law.

If Aguirre practiced law as well as he grandstands he would not have been repudiated by the police chief, the district attorney, the attorney general, a Superior Court judge and the Ethics Commission.

Now that the Ethics Commission has exonerated me, Aguirre proclaims that I received “special” treatment. The only special treatment I received was to be the target of his malicious prosecution.

Except for the San Diego Union-Tribune’s editorial board, the local media have largely given Aguirre a free pass when reporting his rants about how he alone stands against a corrupt cabal of elites. Basic investigative reporting would reveal that Aguirre rarely gets his facts straight.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters should evacuate Aguirre.

Tom Story is the former chief of staff to former mayor Dick Murphy, who became embroiled in a scandal last year about a building in Kearny Mesa.

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