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on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 4:49pm.
You may want to go back and read my post. You applaud the chief for "spilling the beans". In "spilling the beans" the Chief may well have gauranteed this "alleged" burglar will walk free as a bird when all the dust settles. Anyone in law enforcement knows you do not speak in a positive or negative manner regarding pending legal actions. That is one of the first things they teach in basic law enforcement. Step 1. Investigate the crime and arrest the suspect. Let the court pass judgement. Remain silent in public other than at an arraignment. Step 2. Remain silent until testifying in court or in reviewing facts with the Prosecutor. Step 3. Testify and be cross examined in court. Remain silent otherwise. Step 4. When the verdict is rendered, comment on the justice system working. You would have probably done well in the 1930's in Germany. The governing regime had a high sense of judicial process. You probably would have done well in the 1940's in Russia; Stalin eliminated over 20 million dissidents who did not agree with his views on the future of Russia. Another great example of judicial process. Anyone in this country is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This individual may well be guilty. That is not for you or I to guess unless we sit on his jury in which case we will view all the facts before rendering our decision. How is the Judge ultimately to blame? The Judge reviews the facts and renders a decision. Suppositions and thoughts of unthinking people who spout off after the Judge rules have no bearing on his decision. If this individual has such a long and well publicized record, why did that not come out in his arraignment? Had it been presented I am confident the Judge would have considered it in rendering his decision. Finally, I want to note I am not an attorney; nor do I seek to defend the "alleged" crimminal. But a long time ago, I took an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution. Taking off the uniform did not end that sense of obligation. Thousands of brave young men and women risk their lives daily in defense of our Consitution today. Maybe you and all the folks who rush to judgement should take the time to read it and the Bill of Rights. Who knows, one day you may be on the other side of the fence.
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