Verdict denied justice
The trial of Jay Olsen was given excellent coverage by The Spokesman-Review. Olsen was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. A jury of his peers deliberated briefly and acquitted him of all charges. The verdict astounded me and countless others. I have to ask: Is there a double standard of justice for Native Americans?
My interest in the case was heightened because Shonto Pete’s father attended the high school where I was the superintendent. His father was an outstanding student and a superb athlete. In my opinion, the verdict denied justice for his son.
Earl J. Barlow