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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009, 12:40 P.M.

The Verdict on Jo Ellen Savage…

Good morning, Netizens...

Long ago I wept for Jo Ellen Savage who, as everyone knows, did a pile drive from the River Park Square Parking Garage, for she was a delicate, sensitive and wholly engaging woman of infinite skill sets who had a gentle smile and laughter that rippled like the sounds of children playing in the dusk just before being called home in the twilight before dinner. Mine was a private weeping, for despite what others may say is or is not true, I have considerable knowledge of how and why her car fell from the parking garage; a set of indeterminate facts which, when patched together minus the political agenda, make it questionably unclear to me how she died. Yet her memory perseveres.

I do know beyond a question of doubt that gravity killed Jo Ellen Savage, that and her collision with the concrete entryway at the base of the garage. I've read approximately everything written about her untimely death, and being very mindful of the political minefields that have been laid by some, many of whom I have know personally, until now I have attempted to remain detached, ambivalent and unbiased, wholly aware of the my responsibilities as a titular Blogger in and for the Spokesman-Review and its vast corporate structures thereto.

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker stated Friday that in his opinion, “it would be difficult to prove criminal charges against the officials of Cowles Co., or the corporation, for the Pullman woman’s death.” What he states is probably true, that the task of proving anyone guilty of manslaughter for Savage's untimely demise would be difficult, perhaps even impossible.

What remains to be seen is that this entire affair has been handed back-and-forth like a sack of bad beans between Spokane County and the Federal Prosecutor until time has expired, and the appearance of it might be construed, as former City Councilman and lawyer Steve Eugster has stated, as a whitewash.

Still in my quiet moments, I can envision Jo Ellen Savage's last moments, and then I recall this poorly-done video which tells the viewer more about Jo Ellen Savage than all the legal documents combined:

Next Monday will be the third anniversary of the death of Jo Ellen Savage, and in my mind, I can still hear her scream.


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