Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Failed jus­tice

Dear Ed­i­tor: Re­cently I was in­volved in a court trial be­cause my car was stolen. My ex­pe­ri­ence with the court sys­tem on this case­was ex­tremely un­pleas­ant. The ver­dict I as­sume you can al­ready fig­ure out, but it’s what hap­pened in this case to cause this ver­dict that is so over- whelm­ing. A key wit­ness tes­ti­fied to one thing un­der oath a month ear­lier. Af­ter that, he was threat­ened by the de­fen­dants “ac­quain­tances.” Af­ter the threats came trial. Well, lo and be­hold, the key wit­ness’s tes­ti­mony changes, ul­ti­mately re­sult­ing in an un­wanted ver­dict. The kicker be­hind this en­tire story is this. The prose­cu­tion knew of the threats and did noth­ing. The prose­cu­tion knew he was ly­ing, and did noth­ing. Are we start­ing to see a pat­tern?

Sim­ply put, the ju­di­cial sys­tem has failed. I’m a hard-work­ing, tax-pay­ing ci­ti­zen. I have never had any “run-ins” with the law, and then we have a hard­ened crim­i­nal, known for pre­vi­ously steal­ing cars and al­ready on pro­ba­tion for such of­fense, walk­ing away from a sup­pos­edly “open and shut” case. It just doesn’t make any sense.

Ja­cob Wil­liams

Ox­ford

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