The woman who forgot her child in the car...
September 5, 2007 08:10 AM
...will not face criminal charges. The Clermont County Prosectutor took two weeks to arrive at a decision that was perfectly obvious from the beginning: She did not have the requisite mental state, and thus committed no crime. Horrible accidents happen.
Already, people are screaming racism. Take it away, Chris Smitherman:
"Here today, we have a white woman down in Clermont County who killed her daughter, clearly endangerment of a child and we have the prosecutors saying not one charge will be levied against this woman," said Smitherman.
"And, at the same time, we have a an African-American woman in Avondale who's locked up right now for leaving her children in the closet," said Smitherman. "We have a prosecutor saying he's going to lock her up for 100 years."
Is it possible that he does not see the difference between these two cases? Does he understand "intent" at all? Or is creating racial discord all part of his plan?
I will say though, that Nate Livingston over at the Cincinnati Black Blog is right about one thing: It is ridiculous that Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby's attorney is a Clermont County Commissioner. Talk about creating an appearance of impropriety! I'm mortified that a county commissioner is acting as a criminal defense lawyer in any case pending in his county's courts, much less this one. It's almost as bad as Butler County, where you have Judges who operate as criminal defense attorneys.
Update: Wow, it's even generated allegations of sexism. Still unexplained? Why someone should be charged with a crime just because a man would be, or because an ethnic minority would be (even assuming that is true, and I don't believe it is). If that were happening, the right thing to do would be to stop charging similarly situted men or minorities with these kinds of crimes--instead of just charging this poor women because others have not been. But apparently cries for guillotine justice aren't limited by the two wrongs don't make a right concept.