Unbalanced justice in Franklin County?

Unbalanced justice in Franklin County?

There are 71 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jan 8, 2011, titled Unbalanced justice in Franklin County?. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

There currently are eight criminal death cases at varying stages of the judicial process in Franklin County, a number that seems unprecedented to a 35-year court veteran.

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shocked

United States

#1 Jan 8, 2011
wow!
po reader

Chambersburg, PA

#2 Jan 9, 2011
Yes, unbalanced for sure!! Some get preferential treatment while others get the shaft from the get go and others get the swat team after them.

Franklin County needs some major looking into by the State of Pennsylvania.

Starting with the PSP, the Judges, all of them) The District Attorneys, and let us not forget the good ole Coroner!!
franklin county native

Altoona, PA

#3 Jan 9, 2011
i'm sure all of you people on here that will be criticizing could ALL DO A BETTER JOB..........YEAH RIGHT! as you sit behind your computer screen, JOBLESS, with your high school GED. If you want to criticize, get yourself a degree, take some initiative, and change the system if you think it needs changed

look at each case in which these people were allowed to turn themselves in....not one problem with any of them....

I think the judicial system has a slight idea of what they are doing
Datalogger

Reedsville, PA

#4 Jan 9, 2011
Times are tough, who's protecting your family? The cops can show up after the murders and file a report. Some solace that is.
dont get it

Darby, PA

#5 Jan 9, 2011
Tuttle you are a loser, stop speculating on issues that you are clueless about, you will never make it to a big time paper, grow up.
Bart

Mercersburg, PA

#6 Jan 9, 2011
Christopher Jones should have been charged with premeditated murder. Now he is allowed to live free while his wife lies dead in her grave. Do we call this justice? Oh yes, I know he is awaiting trial but he will get little compared to what he deserves.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#7 Jan 9, 2011
Bart wrote:
Christopher Jones should have been charged with premeditated murder. Now he is allowed to live free while his wife lies dead in her grave. Do we call this justice? Oh yes, I know he is awaiting trial but he will get little compared to what he deserves.

So what is his min. time????
Jones could get No Time!!!!
Probation Only.
Since he has a job he wont even report 2 DRC.
Yeah

Chambersburg, PA

#8 Jan 9, 2011
Jones has a Job working at leterkenny a government work place..Now they employ/Allow murderers and people who have Man Slater charges in their files..Great Government work place they are..It still shocks me he's working there..

Also i hate to agree with WheresDabacon..But he's probably right..HE could get only Probation.I'm sure he won't get even close to the 20 years he

""Deserves!!!!" "
Wilson

Greencastle, PA

#10 Jan 9, 2011
franklin county native wrote:
i'm sure all of you people on here that will be criticizing could ALL DO A BETTER JOB..........YEAH RIGHT! as you sit behind your computer screen, JOBLESS, with your high school GED. If you want to criticize, get yourself a degree, take some initiative, and change the system if you think it needs changed
look at each case in which these people were allowed to turn themselves in....not one problem with any of them....
I think the judicial system has a slight idea of what they are doing
Schmuck,
people using a PC sit IN FRONT of the screen, not behind it. Whassamattayou? Stuck on Stupid?
Former Fed Ofc

Carlisle, PA

#11 Jan 9, 2011
Some of ya'll need to learn to spell and check your stuff before posting.
pamale

Chambersburg, PA

#12 Jan 9, 2011
The article does not explain why a 'public' court hearing for Jones last week was arranged without prior notice to the public. Does a 'public' hearing without the public qualify as a public hearing? Or was the DA's office, for some reason unknown, pulling a fast one on the community it serves? You decide.

Anyway, the DA should explain, during his election campaign, how he is devoted to transparency, fairness and service to the public (the same public he doesn't seem to want in certain court hearings!)

While this article clearly ducks controversy and sides with the DA's office and others in authority, the PO has done a half-way decent job of pointing out that justice here is not equal for all. Not bad for a local newspaper surviving in an era when not many local newspapers are managing to do that.
whatever

Greencastle, PA

#13 Jan 9, 2011
The info on Kirby is incorrect. The involuntary manslaughter charge was withdraw at the trial immediately before the summation,
whatever

Greencastle, PA

#14 Jan 9, 2011
And you overlooked the Berkebile case.
whatever

Mount Wolf, PA

#15 Jan 9, 2011
This is just an attempt to explain all the cover up crap they are doing, and to make people think its alright .....
no affiliation

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#16 Jan 9, 2011
Public Opinion is repeatedly slammed for the quality of its reporting.
This article is very informative. Thank you.
sampsons strength

Shippensburg, PA

#17 Jan 9, 2011
In looking back over the many comments from the several people interviewed, my personal opinion is that there exists a substantial (and somewhat troubling) amount of 'wiggle room' for any single death case - highly dependent on what these people's "feelings" tell each of them may be appropriate.

Versus a set standard as called out by state law.

Just my opinion.
Waynesboro Resident

Newville, PA

#18 Jan 9, 2011
Even though I don't understand every issue and the reason behind it ; the system seems to work. Is the justice fair ? ; is life fair ??? As in most situations we go with the best judgement with what we know. I want to thank the P O for this article and it explained a lot. The more knowledge one has ; the easier it is to understand. Agreeing with is a different story. Thats why judges and the distric attorney are elected offices. So all you bashers out their let your vote do your talking also.
Concerned

Chambersburg, PA

#19 Jan 9, 2011
Still not seeing why jones is out n about going to letterkenny getting a paycheck waltzing in to tell the court what charges he will plead to and yay no hearing no jury good for the white boy who killed his property oh I mean his wife.... Anywhere else in a city he would be in jail with the rest
shockjock

Greencastle, PA

#22 Jan 9, 2011
What garbage! Our legal system isn't a "one size fits all" system such as you find in continental Europe. Anyone with any level of education should know that. This article has one purpose: to attempt to make a Republican District Attorney look bad and pave the way for a dim-witcrat challenger.
matt

Waynesboro, PA

#23 Jan 9, 2011
Unbalanced justice is not limited to murder/manslaughter cases.... the entire Franklin County system is unbalanced and corrupt.

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