UPDATE: Wednesday November, 28, 2012 Snohomish County Prosecutor Lisa Paul announced this morning that they were not going to retry Officer Carlile. From all of us in the community that supported the Carlile family in this horrific time, we are so glad that this chapter is over & that you can move forward & grieve for your daughter in peace. Our prayers are with you all.
Well folks this is more of an Op-Ed then a news story… Here is the actual story
I was not aware that he was a “former” officer, I thought he was on administrative leave though. So the jury deadlocked, 7 – not guilty 3 – guilty & 1 – undecided.
In all the news stories it is a raging call for blood & the conspiracy theorists are coming out of the woodwork. There are even those who are comparing this to the case of the felon drug addicts who left drugs & a loaded unregistered gun in their car – apples to oranges there folks.
Trust me I know that people want justice and they want the police held accountable to the same standards that they are, that is just human nature. There is such a disconnect between the citizens and the police department it doesn’t surprise me.
The problem as I see it is that the law is made for people and each situation is unique & that needs to be taken into account. I am somewhat torn myself. there is a saying that justice is blind but sometimes it is just plain stupid. As most of you will remember I actually wrote a letter to the prosecutor asking them not to file charges against the Carlisle family because it was a waste of taxpayer money and a waste of time and resources as far as I’m concerned.
But… they are elected officials so they are under fire if they don’t do something. That is the beauty of being just an everyday average citizen, we are left to make decisions for our own lives.
They have set a new trial for January 29th which they claim is just a formality & then they will decide what to do based on what the jury decided. That can go both ways: Either they will listen to the jury, or they will learn from what they perceive to be their mistakes & come up with a new attack plan