Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Juarez Verdict Gator Rolls to a Post Mortem

An Anonymous comment, which I rejected on several counts due to our community guidelines, gave me a rather hard time about not doing an immediate post on the Juarez verdict.

The truth is I've been thinking about it a lot and I hope you have too. Was it just and correct to try him as an adult? Was the verdict fair? Apparently prosecutor Hilary Dozer liked the result but Detective Mike Brown didn't...each for very important and valid reasons. At 15, Juarez will be 37 when when he gets out of prison. I believe it is just but also believe it is a long time -- and can imagine nothing being there for him when he gets out.

Operation Gator Roll just yesterday involved 400 law enforcement officers from 18 more clearly emphasize the point that the city will not tolerate gang violence. Even though there must be a light bulb joke in there somewhere, all of us would have to agree that law enforcement is now doing something about the gang problem -- even if the timing is a bit too perfect for the newspapers.

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