Resident likes new county judge, push for fewer plea bargains

Posted 4 September 2017 at 8:33 am


With the utmost respect for Jim Punch who has served our county well for almost 3 decades, I must say I am very impressed with Sara Sheldon. She seems to be fair, firm, and very importantly not a big fan of plea bargains, preferring to have cases tried before a jury.

This was our founders’ intent.

I understand the backlog of cases and limited resources in our judicial system, but what can be more important than protecting the suspect’s rights to a fair and speedy trial AND protecting society from violent criminals that tend to re-offend when released early because of a “deal”. Not to say they won’t re-offend, no matter the length of their sentence, but society will be safer longer.

Thank you.

Bob Harker