Claremore Daily Progress

Letters to the Editor

February 17, 2007

Verdict brings many views

Editor,

Everyday so many different professions - priests, financial officers, government representatives, police officers, sheriff departments, district attorneys, county commissioners, school teachers and non profit entities are being caught up in scandals, bribery, corruption, intimidation and sexual acts. All are people and professions with whom we have placed a public trust and yet so many people defend or cover up for many of those who have committed these acts.

In his case, Mr. (Randy) Baldridge was convicted by a jury of his peers, based on the evidence presented and testified to by those that had knowledge of it. It’s the way all cases are made. Bob Portiss is a well respected person in the community with a large responsibility. Why would he lie? If one believes them (Bruce Long and Cindy Rash) are lying and guilty and should be punished for their testimony and admissions, then one must believe all of their testimony that Baldridge is guilty.

Sometimes immunity or a lesser sentence is offered to a small fish to effect his cooperation in getting a bigger one. It’s a dealing tool used by all credible law enforcement agencies. Drug sellers will sometimes give up their supplier to get the same kind of deal.

Baldridge states to the Progress that the FBI wanted him to give information on other vendors and officials and he wasn’t going to do that. An odd statement for an innocent person with no knowledge of other wrongdoing. But that was his opportunity to trade off. Most of the people (including newspapers) have forgotten the Oklahoma Commissioners scandal of the late 70s where numerous county commissioners were involved. Maybe they should dig those articles back up and refresh. The law and court system is not always applied fairly. It depends greatly on your wealth or position as to how you are treated and often times whether or not it’s an easy case to prosecute for the district attorney. Law enforcement officers often do not treat everyone equal either and sometimes rear themselves up as gods with their authority. It is something we will have to deal with until the people learn they can demand better.

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