July 5, 2012 in Letters, Opinion

Magistrate unfairly maligned

 

I am writing concerning the ill-informed and unfair attacks on Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno as it pertains to the pretrial release of Charles Wallace.

He faced one count that had a sentencing guideline range of 24-30 months when he was released with conditions. Her order was never appealed by the government for good reason. The law requires the release of a person facing trial under the least restrictive condition or combination of conditions. Conditions imposed must be the least restrictive, but do not and never have required a guaranty of an appearance or safety.

Hindsight is always 20/20 when we have a tragedy such as what happened on June 19. Judge Imbrogno’s decision, based on the charge before her at the time, was reasonable and consistent with the law, and is reflective of her seasoned and respected decisions as our U.S. magistrate for over 20 years.

Mark Vovos

Attorney at law

Spokane


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