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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008 8:02 pm | Updated: 9:00 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’s indictment of county Supervisor Don Stapley on 118 charges is another example of waste and excess in the county attorney’s office. His policy of “plea to the lead” charge forces defendants into court to defend themselves against the trumped-up charges even though they may be guilty and willing to plea to the lesser charges that the prosecutor can actually prove.

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 MARICOPA COUNTY

Thomas’ policies hurting justice

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’s indictment of county Supervisor Don Stapley on 118 charges is another example of waste and excess in the county attorney’s office. His policy of “plea to the lead” charge forces defendants into court to defend themselves against the trumped-up charges even though they may be guilty and willing to plea to the lesser charges that the prosecutor can actually prove.

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Thomas hopes a jury will try to play Solomon and split the baby in the end. The result is wasted time and resources of the prosecutor’s office and the courts. It also adds unreasonable expense to the accused person to defend himself against the frivolous, poorly supported portion of the charges.

Thomas has turned into a modern Joseph McCarthy. He sees criminal activity in everyday events and destroys the lives of good people while promoting himself. Being tough on crime does not mean creating crimes were they do not exist. The residents of Maricopa County are being poorly served by this self-serving politician.

BRUCE THOMPSON

MESA

MARRIAGE

Constitution doesn’t control religious beliefs

I am writing in response to the letter, “They’ll come for you next,” by Matt Schoenley on Nov. 17. Schoenley says that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been “eroded” because Proposition 102 passed. His opinion is that theology has turned into law because some religions were pushing to protect what they felt is true marriage. This is completely untrue because the individuals of religious sects have their own opinion and are in no way restricted to what religious leaders say.

He also says that individual liberties have been taken away from us, thus ruining the First Amendment. The flaws in this idea are that first, the Constitution and First Amendment say nothing about marriage; second, this whole issue was on a state level and not a federal level; and third, there were no rights to begin with so none could be taken away. With this in mind, the ideas presented in the letter are untrue and outlandish. Finally, there was a scare tactic at the end presenting the idea that more liberties will be taken away. This is false and should not be regarded with much concern.

ERIK PORTER

MESA

GILBERT SCHOOLS

Writer’s wrong connections

The Saturday letter by Katherine Krauter on the unruly behavior of a group of 50 students from a Gilbert high school at the Gilbert Freestone Recreation Center was accurate in only that the students were from a school within the borders of the town. I cannot attest to their behavior or supervision, but I can say with all accuracy that the students did not come from a Gilbert Unified School District high school. Desert Hills High School is a public charter high school. Some have called independent charter schools “private,” but that is inaccurate.

I have been with the district since 1995. Since that time, I have always been impressed by the behavior and respect the students have shown and proven many times over the years. Gilbert Public Schools field trips hold to a ratio of one adult per 10 students. I have never known a Gilbert employee to have or allow students to get out of hand, mainly due to our great students’ own sense of responsibility. This is something that is taught by example, at school and home.

The Freestone Recreation Center is owned by the town but managed by a contractor and anyone can contract time at the facility. Desert Hills High School paid for that time.

How the students behaved is between the town and the charter school. Did Krauter by chance express her concerns to the management? To the teacher? To anyone other then here?

The Gilbert school district is the best in the Valley. My children were “military brats” who attended many schools in many different states. This district by far scores a 12 on a scale of one to 10. In the future, Krauter should gather accurate facts before setting pen in motion.

PAUL SWIETEK

GILBERT

JANET NAPOLITANO

Trouble ahead

The last time I looked Gov. Janet Napolitano, in her new job as the director of U.S. Homeland Security, will oversee a total of 22 agencies. Imagine coordinating with Treasury, Justice, Defense, Transportation, Energy, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Immigration. She will oversee departments which employ 208,000 personnel with a budget estimated at $52 billion. I recall Russian premier Nikita Kruschev in the late 1950s stating “The U.S. will bury themselves.” Both President-elect Barak Obama and Napolitano have mega problems ahead of them.

RICK RIVARD

CHANDLER

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