Friday, April 17, 2009

pressure and the law

i have been flooded with emails and copied in on emails to others regarding the flat-out failure of this woman, madison county attorney julie forsythe, to administer anything more than an immoral slap on the wrist to would-be killer john lynch for taunting, running over, and leaving for dead doug smith as he rode his bicycle with a group of other riders last saturday in madison county. but if you think I'VE gotten lots of emails, think of what SHE has received. here's what julie forsythe had to say about it:
Thank you for your email and let me say thank you for the tone of the email. You would not believe the number of angry, insulting emails I have received from the biking community. I do understand your concerns and I have researched other possible charges. However, it is not the policy of this office to discuss open cases. It is public record that the charges have been amended to enhance the penalties pursuant to Iowa Code 321.482A.

My prayers go out to this victim and his family. I am forwarding all emails I receive to the Madison County Board of Supervisors to put them on notice of the public’s concerns regarding the safety of bicyclists. I suggest that if you have any idea on how to make the roads safer in our county that you contact the Board of Supervisors or contact your local Iowa State Legislators.
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apparently, she hasn't gotten the word that we are offended by her trite "cookie cutter" reply that must have been distributed at the annual county attorney's seminar at lake okiboji.
my suggestion? keep those cards and letters coming. if she thinks SHE'S been insulted, let her have an idea of how insulting it is to be run over, to be driven off the road, to be assaulted by angry motorists, to have cups of urine tossed at you, to be the victim of adeadly game of chicken by sick-shit drivers looking for thrills, AND TO THEN HAVE THE COPS AND PROSECUTORS FAIL TO ACT BECAUSE "IT'S THEIR WORD AGAINST YOURS!!!"
what the fuck does THAT tell us?
and YOU feel insulted, julie forsythe?
well, F*CK YOU!!
boo hoo hoo.
julie, try going to the funeral of a dead cyclist.
try going to visit a "lucky to be alive" friend in the ICU on easter morning surrounded by his wife, young daughter, and mother-in-law, trying to convince them that things will be okay, and that daddy WILL be fine again soon.
try going out to do the thing that you love, that keeps you sane, that keeps you young, healthy, vibrant and creative,
KNOWING THAT THE NEXT VEHICLE THAT APPROACHES MIGHT WELL BE A LOADED GUN WITH A BULLET THAT HAS YOUR NAME ON IT,
AND KNOWING THAT THE COUNTY ATTORNEY WON'T DO A F*CKING THING ABOUT IT,
because the voters don't like having to slow down.
f*ck you,
and everyone like you,
and the car you drive, too.
julie, you do NOT understand our concerns.
how DARE you say that.

1 comment:

Crazy Commuting Cyclist said...

I guess my big question is if Doug was driving a car, and the same situation played out, what would John's charges be then?? Not a lawer but I am guessing he would have heavier charges coming down on him.