I was subpoenaed to the Clinton District Court recently to testify for the state in a case regarding a man who lives on my street in Fairfield Bay that cusses me when I walk past his house with my dog. I arrived early at court in anticipation of meeting with the prosecuting attorney to discuss the case. Maybe I should state that it took two years for the Fairfield Bay Police to take any action against the man who harasses me. But back to my point.
As I sat waiting for court to convene and hoping justice would prevail I was shocked to overhear the Fairfield Bay city attorney making a deal with the attorney for the defendant without me ever being able to tell the court of the things this man says to me on a regular basis. The case was called and the attorneys asked to approach the bench and struck their deal with District Judge Weaver. The judge accepted the deal and the attorneys and the defendant all rose to leave. I had to call out to the city attorney to ask if that was it, was the case over? Do I not get my day in court? Alas, I’m told yes, it’s over, these cases are just to hard to prove. And I’m left sitting wondering what happened to "my day in court"? Do I have no right to tell the court my side? Why would I be served a subpoena just to be ignored? Is this not a waste of taxpayers dollars serving people and never letting them speak?
Needless to say the faith I have held for the justice system is totally destroyed. I find it reprehensible that a person could be subjected to regular verbal assaults and their rights be tossed aside in favor of what can only be described as "the good ole boy" form of justice.
Many of you have probably read recent Letters to the Editor and newspaper reports about the young lady being bumped by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Yellowjacket Lane before Christmas. This was a very unfortunate accident and I am thankful she was not injured more seriously. She was able to attend school the very next day.
Speed bumps seem extreme when this is the first such accident. Many credible eyewitnesses stated the young lady "jumped" out into traffic without even looking. The young man was not issued a ticket because of the many eyewitness statements.
Rather than speed bumps, perhaps more time should be spent educating all children, especially those who walk to school, about street safety and how to properly cross the busy streets.