On the way to work this morning I heard the story about a man in Gilbert who was driving under the influence of alcohol and T-boned a 17 year old boy at 75mph without braking. The 17 year boy died upon impact. Although this is a tragic occurrence and should never happen to a young boy with so many important events in life ahead of him; what is causing me to write this blog is what transpired after. Gilbert Mayor Steve Burrman wrote a letter to the court stating that this man who committed the offense was a personal family friend and felt very remorseful for what he did. He mentioned also in the letter that the offender has made no excuses but feels very sorrowful for his actions. He then proceeded to plead with the court in his letter to only give the man probation and no jail time, and if they were to consider jail time that they be lenient toward him.
What is our world coming to when our elected officials decide that they can try to persuade those who enforce punishment on law breakers for actions that are clearly against the law. This was the offenders 4th DUI and obviously first to kill another human being. Our Mayor has chosen to publicly back this man who has lacks responsibility, respect, and self control of his actions.
I understand that the Mayor and this man have been very close friends for 20 years and I even understand the Mayor coming out publicly and saying what he knows of him is that he is a good man at heart. But to plead with the court that he walk free from jail time and have probation is out of line, is bad politics and shows really poor character.