I am quite concerned about two different legal issues covered in Sunday's News Tribune. The first article concerned the office of our county prosecutor and its high rate of overturned convictions. The second was about our state auditor, Troy Kelley, and his indictment.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has been dismissive of what the state Supreme Court has judged about many of his prosecutions. He seems to forget his place in the legal food chain in this state. It is his job to prosecute under the law. It is not his job to circumvent our legal process to convict.
It is a matter of law that all who are prosecuted still retain their legal rights under our Constitution. If that is a problem for him, he needs to leave this office. HIs arrogance suggests he believes that the law is merely an inconvenience. He is wrong.
Kelley has already been convicted by the media and the politicians. No judge, nor jury. Lots of gossip, rumor and sly innuendo.
I have no idea of his innocence or guilt. But those who are elected to protect our system should have more sense than to contaminate a jury pool with their political pandering. I am quite offended that he has been judged guilty before his trial begins.
We are a nation of laws. Justice matters. When we cease to respect those laws and pull justice down off its pedestal, we all lose. Our system should not be compromised for political gain or conviction quotas.