Tuesday, July 19, 2011 – 05:30 p.m.

So the rock-solid slam dunk case against San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry wasn’t so rock-solid after all.

Apparently a San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge agreed.

A compromise was struck Tuesday morning to throw out the two felonies against the supervisor.

The result? A single campaign finance violation.

But, if you look a what local newspaper editorials had to say about Derry back in April, you would have thought he was Al Capone.

Even though Derry proclaimed his innocence from the beginning, the newspapers still convicted him media style.

Yes, as usual, The Press-Enterprise, The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers demanded the resignation of a public official without knowing all the facts.

It’s nothing new though.

Especially in a county where politicians, as well as the media, engage in bloodsport.

It’s almost like they get-off doing it.

Or could it be a power thing?

Hands down, no one has attempted, with some success I might add, to bring a modicum of commonsense reforms to county government as Derry has.

Reforms that went against the grain of other politicos.

Reforms that even cut the pay and benefits of his colleagues and others, including the District Attorney.

And his reward for protecting taxpayers and trying to restore sanity?

Criminal charges spurred on by a political foe in that of the District Attorney.

But who cares. It’s only taxpayer money wasted and a good reputation ruined.

The news media is supposed to try to reach objective conclusions.

Really, I swear they are!

Just not in the Inland Empire.