Does anybody know what the word “nonplus” means? It basically means that you are at a loss for words, which is what I am every time I sit down to do research on small rural town politics in Kentucky or Tennessee. Is your community, town, or county broke, if so you can usually look no further than your own elected officials as to the answers why. You can’t pull up hardly a single area that doesn’t have some sort of scandal over a county official ripping the citizens of their community, but for me that’s not the heinous part of the crime.
The worse slap in the face to the citizens comes when that individual that you put enough trust in to vote for is convicted and sentenced, this is the part of the slap that really stings. Because what always happens? That individual plea bargains out with a slap on the wrist and maybe a harsh scolding and disappears into obscurity. Why do you think that is, I mean why do you think these people always set up plea deals instead of going to trial, ill give you one reason–a jury.
They know that they will not be able to stand the heat in front of a jury, they would melt like ice-cream on a summers day. I don’t even blame them, their just taking an option that is available to them. But I think its time for those options to stop being extended by the prosecutors for the state of Kentucky.
I will give you only two examples (because if I were to cite every instance similar to this it would take all day), one is Melissa Turpin former county clerk for Wayne County and Alice Cash former supervisor over cold checks and child support in McCreary County. Why do I pick these two women you may ask, because between the two of these women they have stolen tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the citizens in their district, forged documents, along with other crimes and between the two of them they have served less than 60 days in jail. But the thing that really boils my blood is that each of these women, due to their job position, possessed the power to have the average citizen (that would be me and you) arrested, tried and convicted, and then sentenced to mandatory jail time for much lesser crimes than they themselves walked away from; this should not be so.
I call for the prosecutors in these cases to stop offering plea deals, I call for the judges to stop accepting plea deals, plain and simple. I said several years ago that if crimes of this nature were not met with more stringent sentencing that Kentucky would become a playground for political theft, and obviously it is becoming so. If there was a law that simply stated that any elected official, once convicted, must serve at least one year just for the basic premise that the politician violated the public trust I’m certain that in itself would be enough to detour these kids from having their hand in the cookie jar.
I’m tired of electing someone to a position of power and then them turn around and bite me in the butt with scandal and theft, if I wanted kicked in the gonads and robbed I would move to McCreary County, walk around with a bulging pocket full of tic-tacks and tell everyone it was pain pills, I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to vote for a complete stranger to do it for me.
No joke people we are going to have to start petitioning our political figures for harsher sentence’s for these types of crime or we can kiss our public coffers goodbye.