Some of my readers may be familiar with the David Camm trial that is going on now right across from our office – it’s a change of venue trial from Georgetown, Indiana (a town not far from Louisville, Kentucky). For those that are not, you can learn more here.
After watching some of the news clips from the Louisville stations, I’m even more astounded at this circus than I was before.
Both of this man’s trials were overturned. Obviously someone screwed up somewhere along the line. Yes, maybe Camm did it, but enough is enough. Why is prosecution gunning so badly for this guy? People get away with horrible crimes every day – assuming he even did it – and we don’t go chasing after them in court for thirteen years. Yes, thirteen freaking years!!
What’s so important about this particular man? Is it because he was a cop? Well, that’s absurd. Look at how corrupt police departments are, yet I don’t see anyone doggedly chasing any of them for over a decade. Unless they’re trying to set some kind of bizarre example of him, but even that doesn’t seem right. It’s truly enough to make many people think that, somewhere along the line, he really pissed off one of the higher-ups.
Look, I get it, I do. A woman and her two children were heartlessly gunned down by a monster that just may have been the husband and father. That’s despicable and one of the worst betrayals of love and trust that I can think of. Here’s the thing about this. In the real world – and normally in the justice system – you generally get one chance on a really big deal. The prosecution is now on their third go-round! Can you imagine if you and I got so many do-overs in life? It’s unfortunate, but it sounds too me like they screwed up early on and need to just come to grips with it.
Seriously, stop the stupidity. Just how deep of a debt hole does Floyd County plan on digging here?? Or maybe this is about admitting that the prosecution screwed up time and again, which they so obviously did or those first two trials would not have been overturned.
And, aside from all that, what kind of precedent are we setting up here? One that says that you can be tried again and again and again – endlessly – in such cases? Is it so far from that to just get rid of double jeopardy altogether? Hell, I believe we’ve been chipping away at it for awhile now by saying that you can be sued in federal court as well as civil court.
Or perhaps the precedence we’re really setting here is one that says that the prosecutor does not actually have to do a good job proving his case against you because, even if you’re found guilty and it’s overturned, they can try you again and again and again.
Here’s a novel idea. Just cut your losses, Floyd County. The precedent you’re setting isn’t a favorable one.