Suicide led to criminal charges

Law-ScaleAndHammerWhen something bad happens, people cry out, “Someone has to pay for this!” A problem arises when the author of the misconduct is not present to answer charges. Lawyers, being lawyers, then seek to visit all the cruelties of the law upon whomever they can rationalize into responsibility.

In this particular case, a teenager got access to his girlfriend’s father’s service pistol (the man was the Chief of Police in their small town). He didn’t go on a murder spree, though — fearing the girl was dumping him, he shot himself, and thereby embroiled her father in trouble.

The lawyer for Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons is asking a judge to dismiss a charge accusing the chief of failing to secure a handgun used by a teenager in a suicide last year.

Alan Cronheim has filed a motion in the Salem Circuit Court seeking to toss the negligent storage of a firearm charge filed in the wake of 15-year-old Jacob Carver’s death inside the chief’s Danville home on March 11, 2013.

According to court documents, Parsons admitted that his loaded Glock-22 .40-caliber handgun was in his duty belt that was left sitting on a duffel bag and covered with clothing inside a closet on the night of the suicide.

via Danville chief’s lawyer files to dismiss negligent firearms charge | New Hampshire Crime.

The lawyer may have a point. The law under which Parsons is charged references only a child obtaining a gun which is subsequently “negligently or recklessly discharged.” Mr Cronheim argues that this does not apply to this case, because however irresponsible the crumb that whacked himself was, the law implies anything but a deliberate discharge producing its intended result. Cronheim notes that the legislature considered language like that, and went with language like this instead.

Of course, once a case gets into a courtroom, in our laughable and corrupt legal system, anything can happen.

The assistant state’s attorney playing Inspector Javert to Parsons’s Jean Valjean is on Terri Harrington née Kosoff, who admits to having political ambitions. (Repeat after us: a prosecutor is a larval form of politician). Being in New Hamster, it’s pretty small beans compared to, say, DC prosecutors’ powers of overreach, but Harrington has to be thinking of how this case affects her future. She seems to have reached the wrong conclusion.

She should be reminded that some voters turn out for some elections and gun voters turn out for every election. They keep lists which it is not politically healthy to be on, and they can see your Javert and raise you Velociraptor in the relentlessness department. Considering a future in the Dreaded Private Sector, counselor?

2 thoughts on “Suicide led to criminal charges

  1. Bill K

    Seeing the image of the scales of justice on this post reminded me of the artwork on the front of Unintended Consequences – blindfolded Lady Justice being taken down and partially disrobed by someone’s Finest, the scales cast to the ground.

    Or were you trying to make the more subtle point that though both scales appear empty, one side is weightier than the other, the gavel has been struck, and ‘Dat’s all, Folks’?

    1. "Greg"

      I venture to guess the image was chosen simply to identify this case having a focus on the courts and not specifically chosen from any conscious decision to make any subtle point, although it does unintentionally says all that you have pointed out!

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