Justice Is Nether Swift Nor Blind In Loudon County
|It's an odd phenomenon. In the time I have been
reporting current events in and around Loudon County, I have received
some pretty harsh criticism at times. It's not as though I make up the
stories I report, I just simply report the facts of an issue and that
seems to really anger some folks. It's not as if I'm making the stuff up
and I certainly didn't make the people do the bad things they were
charged with or arrested for. Whether I report the stories or not, the
facts remain the same. I think I now understand the old saying, "don't
shoot the messenger."
I must report the following account of one instance that recently took place in the Loudon County judicial system. However in an effort to show my sensitivity I will use no names. Names are not necessary to the point of this story.
In July of 2004, a Loudon County employee, well
connected and related to a prominent Loudon County official was
arrested. We will call him Leroy. Leroy was caught stealing some lumber
and when approached ran from the police in his vehicle. Leroy was
shortly caught with his ill gotten booty. He was also taken to the
hospital for a blood alcohol test. Leroy was arrested and charged with
theft and DUI. All the following facts come directly from court records.
Loudon County Grand Jury indicted Leroy 8/11/05
At trial on 1/11/07, a plea bargain was reached. The DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving and the theft charge was dismissed. Leroy pled guilty.
Leroy was sentenced to six months probation or till all fines and costs are paid. Leroy paid all his fines and costs, $1,453.50, the same day. Leroy is free and clear.
You can take it however you want and I am sure some will be angry at me for reporting this saga even without names. But if I were someone in Loudon County who had to serve time for a like or lesser offence, I would be pretty put out.