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Sat., Nov. 14, 2009, 1:41 p.m.

uniform criminal justice in Spokane?

Thoma Enrolling in  a deferred prosecution program
Thoma Enrolling in a deferred prosecution program

Good afternoon, Netizens...

Sergeant Brad Thoma of the Spokane Police Department was recently charged with drunk driving and hit-and-run after leaving the scene of an accident at Farwell and Highway 2.

For a brief moment here, let us pretend like we were in fantasy land. Let's pretend I am blitzed out of my gourd, driving my perennial van down Farwell Road near Highway 2 and I hit the back of a woman's Ford Ranger. Rather than face the music, I simply drive away, but since lots of people know me, it isn't long before the gendarmes arrive at my house and I am taken into custody. Within less than a week, because I seriously feel sorry for the woman whose car I hit, I pay for her expenses in getting it fixed.


Since this is fantasy land, we can use the fast-forward button, and then we come to trial. What kind of a sentence would I get? You can bet there wouldn't be any visiting Whitman County Judge for me, no sir. The deferred sentencing? No way. I was drunk as Three Lords and they reserve the best cell for me to spend 90 days, mostly because I never have had any drunk driving citations ever.


Now we substitute Sergeant Brad Thoma of the Spokane Police Department for yours truly and look at how the picture of justice changes. Did I get the same justice as Sgt. Brad Thoma? Would you?


I want the same set of criminal justice for everyone, including police officers who violate the law. Have we gotten there yet?


Dave




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