Sometimes reading the news and taking blood pressure medicine is like hitting your head with a hammer and taking aspirin for the headache.
Michel McFadden, a violent, serial pedophile who was convicted of sexually assaulting six children and sentenced to 300 years, was released and will not have to register as a sex offender (story March 1).
It seems that his lawyers sought to add provisions to a jury questionnaire, which delayed trial and thus the appeals court ruled that Mr. McFadden’s right to a speedy trial was violated. This case would not be brought to trial again.
“We are without remedy,” the district attorney in the case said.
Why is it that a contagious person, guilty of no crime, can be quarantined for the health and safety of the community, yet the law is “without remedy” when a “contagious” violent pedophile is unleashed upon a community?
Is this a case of people serving the law instead of the law serving people? And why is there no legal “safety net” to catch such obvious blunders?
Are we, as a nation, going daft?
Ted Messerlian, Fresno