After reading your paper for Wednesday, Sept. 25, I spent a restless night of sleep. I could not believe that a suspect in a criminal proceeding was given a column in your paper entitled “My Turn” by Ray Nutting. The use of “My Turn,” says it all. This is an attempt to plead his case and become well known by the public from which his jurors will be chosen, if the case ever goes to court.
This is highly irregular. His letter is an attempt, in my opinion, to vindicate his actions and claim him to be a forest manager, an expert. This is like Bernie Madoff writing
on the financial world for the Wall Street Journal before his trial. The charges that have been brought against Mr. Nutting should be settled in court, with the evidence presented. It should not be tried in this manner, in the media. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial, including the public.
In my opinion, these actions must take place immediately. The District Attorney’s Office must file an injunction to stop further columns by Mr. Nutting until his case has been settled. I’m not a lawyer or a judge, but in my opinion a change of venue is in order to another county where Mr. Nutting or the case has been poorly publicized in the media.
I question his claim to be a forest manager, when he starts fires on “no burn” days and the fire gets away from him, and requires fire department assistance. I am taking a copy of this letter to the District Attorney’s Office also, I hope they will agree with me and take immediate action.