We’ve talked a lot about Audrie Pott and the ensuing investigation by the Sheriff’s Office after this young woman’s death. We’ve discussed the impact of decisions to delay justice. Today, the Mercury News gave us real, tangible proof that the Sheriff’s Office failure to act in a timely manner in the Audrie Pott case, because of decisions made higher up the ladder had an impact on the case as a whole.
“But while an attorney representing Audrie’s family said early on that the photos went viral online, the new information reveals that prosecutors did not have enough evidence to prove the boys circulated the photos widely.”
Evidence in the form of cell phones and Facebook posts that if they were collected immediately, would have impacted the sentencing of these three boys. Three boys who have admitted what they did, but seem to have failed to learn the lessons of what they did as evidenced by their continued misogynistic activities.
Because of the lack of evidence to the secondary part of this crime — the viral distribution of the equivalent of child porn — two of these criminals have spent 30 days in jail, on weekends. The third little criminal is spending 45 days in jail. Yes… 30 to 45 days in jail after being charged and convicted of 2 felonies each. It pays to know people in Santa Clara County and it pays well.
For sexual assault, distribution of child pornography and who knows what other crimes that have not been fully released because they are protected by their ages, these young men barely got a slap on the wrist for a crime that has gotten other nationally covered cases 1-2 years in jail.
I guess, considering the outcome of the De Anza rape case and the lack of investigation there because a captain didn’t want to dent his over time budget, we should be thankful these rapists received any punishment at all. Improvement, but barely and mostly because of dumb luck, not because of any action taken by the Sheriff to make clear to her top level personnel that crimes will be investigated without delay due to budget, hurt feelings or any other reason.
To think, the Sheriff, if she cared more about her office than her own status, could have prevented such ludicrously insignificant sentences by simply allowing the deputies in her office to do the job they were hired to do in a timely manner.
Undermining her personnel for her own political benefit has turned into undermining the victims of violent crimes again and again.
It’s time for a new Sheriff in town. Vote Kevin Jensen for Sheriff in 2014.