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Court delays are ridiculous in some cases

By November 8, 2010

EDITOR: In my book, Lawrence Alexander’s letter to the editor of Oct. 29 was right on target (a bulls-eye hit). I am in complete agreement that when the evidence in any criminal case is so completely overwhelming that it’s ridiculous for the court to allow the delays and expenses that they do in bringing the case to trial. It benefits no one except the defense attorneys and during the economy we’re experiencing, our county and almost every country across the nation is struggling to pay its debts, especially those incurred by our courts.

The U.S. military seems to be following the same pattern. Last year in Ft. Hood, Texas, a U.S. military officer with Muslim beliefs opened fire in a crowded gymnasium and killed 13 fellow U.S. soldiers and wounded many more before he was shot by police, but not killed. There were reported to be approximately 80 eye-witnesses to the shootings in the gymnasium at the time, but the shooter has yet to be tried and he is only the “suspected” shooter.

Anyone with enough brains to tie his own shoes should be able to correctly decide the guilt of someone in this situation and it certainly shouldn’t take a year or two or three to decide and it shouldn’t cost the taxpaying public thousands upon thousands of dollars to prosecute.

This is only the tip of the iceberg of course in our justice system as there are thousands of similar cases ever year.

No, I’m definitely not advocating that we find anyone guilty if they are not, but I sure get sick and tired of the delays and needless expenses permitted in our court proceedings and the only just decision when someone is guilty is for them to be found guilty, regardless of what his defense attorney may say.

FORD McCOY

Placerville

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