Tulsa's perennial political operative, Paul Tay, has been released from the Tulsa County Jail, this week.
8 months ago, the District Attorney's office dropped some of the charges related to his August 2021 arrest. At the time, law enforcement claimed he's kidnapped, beaten, and sexually assaulted an Oklahoma City woman.
It appears that his 12 months of confinement have totally cost the man everything.
Mr. Tay has some unique personality traits. Some suspect a chronic mood disorder is at the core of his outbursts and bizarre political tactics.
A few years ago, Mr. Tay reached out to Sooner Politics within a few hours of his release from jail. He'd already filed for the mayoral race in those hours.
But even those rather expert constitutional proposals were sidelined by two very odd and extreme final sections, where Tay wanted the state to pay restitution for all past convictions of marijuana felonies, and another section about free marijuana subsidies to anyone who couldn't afford to pay for it.
For those who feel endangered by Tay's release, DA Steve Kunzweiler needs to explain his decision to ask the court to release him.
For those concerned with protecting civil liberties, DA Kunzweiler needs to explain the forced incarceration of an innocent man for 12 months. It appears the prosecutors knew their case was suspect, many months ago.
What the DA's office did accomplish was to make Paul Tay destitute, homeless, and his reputation has made him unemployable, to a large part. Even Tay's ability to create his own business opportunities is now harmed by the spreading of a false narrative of a violent sexual predator. It's like they're taunting Tay to do something criminal, by making him destitute.
The sad thing is that the innocent taxpayers of the city, county, and state; are likely to pay the price, if a civil court finds that Tay is owed restitution. If that happens, the community & state will perpetually be subsidizing a man whom several consider to be a menace to society.
Our community leaders have failed in their heavy-handed efforts to be rid of this man. A new tact and a different strategy needs to be implemented, to find a way to put Paul Tay's skills to work for the good of a free society.
The moral of the story might be; "When fighting a dragon, be careful not to become one."