March 22, 2009 in Letters

Verdict denied justice

The Spokesman-Review

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


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